6th Oct, 2014

How Many Horses Fit on Douglas County Equine Real Estate?

How Many Horses Fit on Douglas County Equine Real Estate?

Douglas County Equine real estateHave you ever stopped to think about how Douglas County equine real estate is defined by the local government?  We specialize in horse properties and often assume that buyers are familiar with the legalities within their communities.  Today let’s explore the information published by Douglas County Colorado regarding zoning.  It is in Section 24: Animals.

Section 24 Animals goes over the rules for household pets, poultry, foul, small livestock, nondomestic and exotic animals, and our beloved horses and other hoofed livestock.  There’s quite a bit of information about boarded horses in Douglas County as well.

How Douglas County Defines Horse Properties

First of all, there are Zoning Districts in Douglas County.  Douglas County real estate is separated into 5 districts referred to as A-1, LRR, RR, ER, and SR.  Lot sizes or parcels must be of specific size within them.  Parcel sizes determine how many of each type of animal may be kept on the property.  For example, a family may keep 4 chickens on a property of less than 2.3 acres.

The parcel sizes are broken up as follows:

A.    Less than 2.3 acres (Parcels of this size may be found in any of the Zoning Districts.)
B.    2.3+ acres (ER and RR)
C.    2.3 – 8.9 acres (A-1 and LRR)
D.    9 + acres (A-1 and LRR)

Horses and other hoofed livestock come under the same provisions.  That is why llamas can be kept on Douglas County equine real estate.  In addition to horses and llamas, cattle, mules, sheep, goats, and swine are hoofed animals.  Interestingly, Douglas County considers horses, mules, cows, and llamas to equal 1 animal unit.  However, miniature horses, swine, sheep, goats, and alpaca each equal one quarter of an animal unit.  As far as space goes, four miniature horses equal one horse.  Animals under 6 months are not counted.

Douglas County does not allow horses on parcels of less than 2.3 acres (A).  For properties ranging from 2.3 – 4.9 acres in categories (B) and (C), there may be a maximum of 1 animal per half-acre with a maximum of 1 boarded horse.  If the properties are 4.5 – 8.9 acres, then two boarded horses are allowed.  The larger properties (D) that are less than 35 acres do not restrict the total number of horses with the exception of boarded horses.  Two are allowed.

The restrictions on boarded horses increase with the size of the acreage but there are no restrictions for horses and livestock owned by the landowner.  Four boarded horses are allowed on lots of 35-80 acres; 12 on lots of 80-160 acres provided the structures are set back from the property line 200 feet.  For parcels of 160 acres, the setback must be 500 feet from residential structures and the number of boarded horses is not limited.

If property owners keep non-owned horses on their land for training or breeding, these horses are called boarded horses.  At times, Douglas County’s special review process increase the numbers of boarded horses on a property.

Buying Colorado Horse Real Estate

For more information about horse properties in Douglas County along the Front Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, call Michael Paul at 303-814-9546.

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