A person must obtain a permit to spread rat poison.

Sec. 5-2. Putting out poison.

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to scatter or put out or otherwise distribute on his premises within the city any poison in any form or manner whatsoever which is or may likely be sufficiently lethal or of such strength as to cause death to any animal or fowl, without first obtaining a permit to do so from the chief of police.

(b) The chief of police may, in his discretion, issue or refuse to issue such permit. If issued, no charge shall be made for the same. If refused, the person seeking such permit may appeal to the mayor and city council. The chief of police shall in no event issue such permit for any area which is not enclosed by a fence. Provided, that nothing in this section shall apply to poisons which are made for the sole purpose of killing and destroying insect pests and rats and other rodents, if such poisons are not dangerous or injurious to chickens, turkeys, other domestic fowls, dogs, cats, cattle, hogs and other domestic animals, and if such poisons are not dangerous or injurious to human beings. Provided further, that this section shall not apply to such poisons as are distributed only in vapor or gaseous form by means of a spray gun or other similar means, but only to such poisons as are distributed in liquid form or in such form as may be eaten.

(Code 1964, § 4-2)

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