On April 17, 2014, the City of Gainesville adopted new parking regulations for College Park and University Heights. For the full version of the adopted ordinance please visit www.cityofgainesville.org and select “Municipal Code” found under the Government tab or contact the Code Enforcement Division. The Ordinance is found under Sec. 30-7.7.B.
In June, 2014, an information packet which included the parking plan application was mailed to all affected property owners. Parking plans are to be returned to the City of Gainesville Code Enforcement Division no later than August 1, 2014. Once the parking plan is approved, the plan is to be implemented within 90 days. The parking plan should clearly show:
- The location and extent of the proposed parking area;
- A general circulation plan showing how vehicles will safely access the parking are from a legal driveway connection; and
- The location and type of borders and parking area coverage materials to be uses.
Drawings do not need to be professionally done but they must be completed in a manner that will allow the reviewer to clearly understand the aforementioned details. Different options are available for parking areas consisting of 1-4 spaces and those that have 5 or more spaces. Those who feel they have an existing parking area that meets the conditions provided will need to return a completed parking plan application demonstrating that the parking area includes the bulleted items above.
For questions, please feel free to contact the Code Enforcement Division at (352) 334-5030 or email@example.com.
Sec. 30-5.36 allows for the keeping or raising of fowl or livestock within the RSF-1 through 4, RC, U1, and U2 districts as an accessory use, subject to the following standards:
A limit of 10 (ten) hens, which are kept or raised for personal use only, are allowed per single family residence. Horses and other equine animals, cattle, goats and sheep, pigs and rabbits are not permitted.
1. On-premise sales of fowl or livestock or fowl or livestock byproducts (e.g. eggs, milk).
2. Commercial raising or keeping of fowl or livestock.
3. The keeping of roosters (defined as a male chicken of any age and generally characterized by an ability to crow) and any other crowing chickens are prohibited, as well as the slaughtering of hels in the RSF-1 through 4, RC, U1, U2 districts.
The raising and keeping of all fowl or livestock shall be done in such a manner so as not to create a public nuisance as set forth in chapter 5 of the Code of Ordinances.
Chicken coops within the RSF-1 through 4, RC U1, U2 districts:
1. Hens shall be contained within a covered chicken coop or fenced pen area. The coop and fenced pen area shall be located in the rear half of the residential lot behind the principal structure. It shall be unlawful for any person to allow hens to run at large upon the streets, alleys or other public places of the city, or upon the property of any other person.
2. The coop and fenced pen area shall meet the setback requirements for an accessory structure in the applicable zoning district.
3. The coop and pen area shall be kept in a clean sanitary manner, free of insects and rodents, offensive odors (which shall not be detectable at property boundaries), excessive noise, or any other condition that could potentially cause a nuisance. Stored feed shall be secured in rodent-proof and raccoon-proof enclosed containers.
4. A building permit is not required for the coop if it is movable or prefabricated, and 12 square feet or less in size.
Landlord Permits are required for all rentals including short-term rentals such as Airbnb, Vrbo, etc. if they are located in a single family residential zone (RSF-1; RSF-2; RSF-4; RC; all PD’s designated for residential use at a density of more than eight dwelling units per acre; and all other PD’s as may be specified in the rezoning ordinance).
Currently, this subject is being discussed by the City Commission. Additional information will be provided as it is received.
Every rental, as well as every residential property within the city limits of Gainesville, Florida, is subject to the City’s Code of Ordinances. These departments can assist with the following issues:
- Code Enforcement - (352) 334-5030 - Junk, trash, debris in the yard, also yard parking in yard within the University Context Area
- Gainesville Police Department - (352) 955-1818 - noise or on street parking issues
- Solid Waste - (352) 334-2330 - Trash on the right-of-way, trash receptacles remaining at the curb, or overflowing garbage
Issues can be reported through Gainesville's 311GNV AP which can be downloaded from your AP store or complaints can be submitted through the city's website at