New Orleans Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance

Printed: 9/28/2023 1:43:56 PM

21.6.Y Pigeon Loft

1.  Pigeons are permitted to be raised, maintained, and confined for non-commercial uses.

2.  A maximum of twenty (20) pigeons over sixteen (16) weeks of age are permitted per lot. When pigeons under sixteen (16) weeks of age are also kept on the premises, a maximum of fifty (50) total pigeons is permitted.

3.  Pigeon lofts, including fly pen, are permitted to locate only in the rear yard and shall be a minimum of ten (10) feet from all lot lines or dwelling. Pigeon lofts are permitted on rooftops only on multi-family dwellings over four (4) stories in height and with the permission of the property owner. When located on a rooftop, the pigeon loft shall be setback ten (10) feet from each building wall.

4.  Pigeons shall be confined to the loft at all times except when released for necessary exercise, training or racing flights, with no more than fifty percent (50%) released at any one (1) time. Domestic pigeons are not allowed to linger on the property of others in such a way as to cause damage or otherwise prevent the full enjoyment and use of the property.

5.  A pigeon loft, including fly pen, shall have a minimum of one and one-half (1.5) square feet of floor space per pigeon and is limited to a maximum of two-hundred forty (240) square feet in total area. That portion of the pigeon loft designated as the fly pen shall be constructed so that it faces the residence of the owner.

6.  All pigeons shall be banded and identified by a band.

7.  Management and sanitation practices shall be employed to prevent odors and pests.