Cary sometimes gets the reputation of not being amenable to crunchy urban farming lifestyles, but actually, Cary, NC was on the cutting edge of changing their ordinances to allow chickens and it wasn’t long before Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs followed suit! Specifics about what is and isn’t allowed inside Cary city limits and the Cary ETJ are as follows:
On residential lots larger than 6000 square feet, chickens are allowed with the following caveats:
The Town of Cary does allow and regulate domestic beekeeping in the city limits. In the R-80, R-40, R-20, R-12, R-8, TR, PDD and MXD zoning districts, and the MDR, LDR, LDR-12 and CB&R sub-districts of the Town Center where the minimum lot size exceeds 6,000 square feet, you can have up to a maximum of eight beehives. The number of hives is graduated based on property size and is as follows:[table id=13 /]
The following additional regulations apply to keeping bees in Cary:
The Town of Cary does allow livestock within the city limits, however your property must be zoned R-40 or R-80 AND you must have a minimum of 1 acre of land.
Larger livestock is only allowed in designated agricultural districts with one or more acres,