All of the information provided herein is public and available to anyone by an in-person visit to the townships’ offices. No one, least of all I, warrants the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of any information published herein, and shall not be held liable for any losses caused by reliance on the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of such information. Portions of such information may be incorrect or not current. Any person or entity that relies on any information obtained from this document does so at his/her own risk. Before making an offer on a property or developing a property, you should consult with the appropriate township for any particular property as to whether or not your intended use will conform with zoning.

Note that the following limits are for specific zones within a given township. The zones are not always specified but you can presume that they are agricultural or rural zones. Note also that the limits may not apply to commercial stables located in an agricultural (AG) zone according to the Right to Farm Act (PA93 of 1981, amended). Commercial (Public) Stables operating under the Right to Farm Act will have to be maintained in conformance with that act and with Generally Accepted Agricultural Management Practices (GAAMPS) as established by the Michigan Department of Agriculture. Consult with the township and your lawyer.

Besides limits on animal density, realize that conformity to other zoning requirements will apply such as distance of stable from property line, management of manure and feed, etc. These requirements may vary from one township to another and may vary depending on the nature of the stable (private or commercial). Again, check with the local township for the specific property.

Augusta Township – minimum 2.5 acres for the first horse, two additional acres per horse. Scroll down to page 5-34 through 5-35 (pages 125 and 126 of the pdf.) Article 5.19B

http://augustatownship.org/PDFs/Ordinances/Augusta%20Zoning%20Ordinance_Adopted%20%208-1-07.pdf

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York Township – Up to 5 horses on a minimum of 5 acres and 1 additional horse for each additional acre on non-farm properties. Minimum of 10 acres with enclosed riding arena and/or boarding stable. ( May want a lawyer determine the meaning of the language therein.) Farm properties that conform to the Right to Farm Act and GAAMPS are not subject to these provisions. See sections 40.109 and 40.110.

http://twp-york.org/services/zoning/York%20Township%20Zoning%20Ordinance%20%282014_04_25%29.pdf

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Saline Township – Private facility has a ten acre minimum; public facility has a twenty acre minimum. No density limit mentioned for either type. Scroll down to section 5.108 and 5.109 (pages 8 and 9 of pdf)

http://www.salinetownship.org/downloads/ordinances/zon-ord-2-1-2008/Article%2005%20-%20Use%20Standards.pdf

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Bridgewater Township – Private facility has a ten acre minimum; public facility has a twenty acre minimum. No density limit mentioned for either type. Scroll down to section 5.108 and 5.109 (Looks to be the same document as Saline’s) .

Zoning ordinance not currently on line.  Check with township for current ordinance.

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Manchester Township – Apparently, one acre minimum, one acre per horse up to eleven acres. Eleven acres and above, no density limit. No online document.

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Sharon Township – Private stable: no minimum acreage, no density limit. Commercial stable: 10 acre minimum and only in agricultural or resource conservation districts and not in a subdivision unless designed to incorporate an equestrian center. See Section 20.16 (non-commercial) or section 5.08 (commercial) of Zoning Ordinance.

http://sharontownship.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/…

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Freedom Township – 6 acre minimum for non-commercial for first two horses with one additional acre for each additional horse (or other such animal); lots 10 acres and over has no limit but must comply with GAAMPS; 20 acre minimum for commercial. See Sections 5.105, 5.108 and 5.109.  http://www.freedomtownshipmi.org/Documents/Ordinances%20-%20Forms/Zoning%20Ordinance/2014%20ZO%20-%20Article%205%20-%20Use%20Standards.pdf

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Lodi Township – “A parcel may be used, and a building or structures located thereon for the raising or keeping of livestock whether for profit or pleasure upon a lot having an area not less than five (5) acres, and a width not less than two hundred fifty (250) feet. Up to five (5) animals on the first five (5) acres are allowed and it is required to provide an additional one (1) acre for each additional animal. There shall be no limit in the number of livestock on a lot having thirty (30) or more acres in the area.” Article 11.02 C

http://twp-lodi.org/Ordinances/Zoning%20Ordinance.pdf

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Pittsfield Township – permitted in agricultural zone, no regulations far as I can see. See section 4.20 on page 79 of zoning ordinance.

http://www.pittsfield-mi.gov/DocumentCenter/View/2…


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Lyndon Township – two to five acres: two horses, 5.01 acres to 10 acres: four horses, 10.01 to 20 acres: eight horses, over 20 acres: no limit. See section 3.29 of zoning ordinance (pages 52,53 of .pdf)

http://www.twp-lyndon.org/Documents/2015%20Zoning%20Ordinance%20as%20Amended%2012-28-2016.pdf

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Dexter Township – two and a half acre minimum, maximum density not to exceed one horse per one and a quarter acres. See section 18.17 of zoning ordinance (page 89 of .pdf).

http://dextertownship.org/Portals/46/docs/DexterTo…

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Webster Township – five acre minimum for the first one or two horses, one additional acre for each additional horse. A private stable can only be located in zones AG and R1. See section 12.100 of zoning ordinance (page 201 of .pdf).

http://www.twp.webster.mi.us/Zoning%20Ordinance%20…

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Northfield Township – one horse per acre in Agricultural Zone (AR) See article VI, Section 36-156 of zoning ordinance.

https://www.municode.com/library/mi/northfiel

Salem Township — “The keeping of up to two (2) large farm animals (such as horses, cattle, hogs, ponies, goats, or other similar livestock) shall be permitted on non-farm parcels that have a minimum lot area of two (2) acres and a minimum width of 150 feet. One (1) additional large farm animal shall be permitted per each additional acre for non-farm parcels up to ten (10) acres. The keeping of large farm animals on non-farm parcels of ten (10) acres or more shall conform to Section 60.02 (Performance Standards), and be maintained pursuant to the Right to Farm Act and applicable Generally Accepted Agricultural Management Practices (GAAMP) established by the Michigan Department of Agriculture.” See section 40.109

http://www.salem-mi.org/Salem_-_Article_40_0_-_Use…

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Sylvan Township – livestock animals are allowed only in the Agricultural and Recreation Conservation zoning districts. If the property is of at least ten acres and qualifies as a farm, livestock are permitted which includes “a riding academy or stable”. See section 30-221.

In areas zoned Single Family Residential District 1 (SR1) a minimum lot area of one acre shall be provided for one horse or one pony, and 20,000 square feet of additional lot area shall be provided for each additional horse or pony with “no purposes of renumeration”. See section 30-371.

https://www.municode.com/library/mi/sylvan_townshi…

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Lima Township – Zones RC, AG-1, AG-2 private stable: one horse per every three acres up to nine acres with additional acre per additional horse after the first nine acres. Minimum of five acres. Commercial stable: minimum of ten acres, otherwise limitations are the same. Exceeding the limit for either type of stable requires a permit and involves other requirements as well. See section 5.25.2 of zoning ordinance (page 135 of .pdf).

https://twp-lima.ewashtenaw.org/boards/planning/Zoning_Ordinance

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Scio Township – RC, A-1 and ER Districts For non-commercial,the minimum lot area required to maintain horses is five acres. Two horses shall be permitted for the first five acres. Thereafter, two additional horses shall be permitted for each full two and a half acres. However, 10 acres minimum if property includes an indoor riding stable. See section 36-135 of zoning ordinance. For commercial stables, the minimum is ten acres. Six horses shall be permitted for the first ten acres. Thereafter, one additional horse shall be permitted for each full one acre in excess of ten acres.

https://www.municode.com/library/mi/scio_township,…

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Ann Arbor Township - R1, R1A, R2 3 acre minimum with up to two horses, one additional acre for each additional horse. See section 74-607 of zoning ordinance and good luck trying to search through the document. Farming and commercial stables have different requirements. As with all townships, consult with the township directly and especially so with this confusing ordinance.

https://www.municode.com/library/mi/ann_arbor_char…

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Superior Township – four acre minimum with allowance of three horses. Apparently, no limit at five acres and above, but exceeding three horses requires conformity to GAAMPS. See section 5.105 of zoning ordinance.

http://superiortownship.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/2014_article_5.pdf

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Ypsilanti Township – Applicable to residential zones Private Stable: four acre minimum for first horse and one additional acre for each additional horse. Public Stable: 40 acre minimum, apparently no limit to number of horses unless township chooses to impose a limit when issuing a required special permit for a public stable. Lots of other requirements. See section 402(11 & 12) of zoning ordinance.

https://www.municode.com/library/mi/ypsilanti_char…