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OREGON - Has anyone approached Tualatin about their ban on chickens

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My DH and I are looking closely at urban property in Tualatin.  However, they will not allow me to bring my little girls.  I am interested in working with others to change this. 

I believe Lake Oswego is OK with chickens; West Linn is OK with chickens; Portland is OK with chickens.  Tigard is NOT OK.  Tualatin is NOT.  Beaverton is NOT.  Redmond may be.

Would you let me know if your urban area allows chickens, or NOT, or if the information I have listed above is correct, or NOT.

I can't imagine moving without my little girls.

Thank you in advance.


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post #2 of 11

im in redmond near bend and i see quite a few people whit backyard chicken
i plan on getting some myself soon

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My understanding is that Chickens are NOT allowed in Beaverton.

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Originally Posted by Bosque 

My understanding is that Chickens are NOT allowed in Beaverton.


Thank you.

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I looked up Beaverton's city code, and it says this (specifically under the Livestock and Poultry section):


5.05.025 Livestock and Poultry.

Except for household pets and as otherwise permitted by the Code or other City ordinance, no person shall keep or maintain livestock or poultry within the City.



My question is, why would they say "Except for household pets"....? That sounds like it open up the argument that "my chickens are my pets!" doesn't it? Has anyone challenged Beaverton on this verbiage?

I would like to hear more from people in this area... (sorry at my attempt at derailing your thread... I wonder if Tualitin has a similar code, or if they outright state that chickens are not allowed...)

Regards


Edited by wyattburp - 5/13/09 at 10:50am
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Originally Posted by wyattburp 

I looked up Beaverton's city code, and it says this (specifically under the Livestock and Poultry section):

5.05.025 Livestock and Poultry.

Except for household pets and as otherwise permitted by the Code or other City ordinance, no person shall keep or maintain livestock or poultry within the City.

Regards


Thank you for looking up Beaverton's code.  I found similar language in Tigard and Tualatin.  I believe that household pets have been deliniated in some communities as cats, dogs, guinea pigs and (I forgot the last one??) If you try to challenge the "except household pets" argument, let me know.

I understand that Salem is having or had this week a hearing on their ban of backyard chickens.  I hope the outcome bodes well for other cities. 

I am hoping to research other demographically similar urban locals to persuade Tualatin (if necessary - i.e. we purchase a home there) to change their stand on poultry.

Thank you again for your input.

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I live in Tualatin and I am thinking about getting several chickens for my backyard.  I had heard that Tualatin does not allow them yet I know several homes in my neighborhood that have them.  One of which borders a very busy intersection and the chickens are often seen outside in their backyard.  So my feeling is that they may have an old ordinance and do not enforce it.  I will be approaching the city in the near future on this as it's a rediculous regulation.  If Portland can allow it then certainly Tualatin needs to get up with the times!

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3 Hens allowed in Oregon City, but I see plenty of yards well within city limits with upwards of 10. Keep it clean and your neighbors happy and all should be well I guess.

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I'm bordering Tigard/Bull Mtn area, but am technically in 'unincorporated' Washington County.  Any chance your 'rural' area in Tualatin is across the border and also unincorporated?

Here's a thread with some helpful links regarding Washington County's ordinances:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=193818

And, FYI, I have friends within Beaverton city limits with 8 chickens.  No trouble so far.  I do know it is very important to keep peace w/the neighbors, or if there is an ordinance issue, the neighbors will be sure to give you trouble.  The other thing to keep in mind (not likely an issue if you are truly in a rural area) is Home Owners' Associations.  Even if the city or county allows the chickens, you could have trouble with neighbors if the HOA regs say 'no'.

You're right - a number of communities are being challenged on their chicken ordinances due to the economy, and they are changing them.  I heard that just this last week both Cannon Beach and Forest Grove have changed their regulations to allow up to 4 chickens within city limits.

Good luck!smile

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Chickens are now permitted in the following Oregon cities: Astoria, Cannon Beach, Forest Grove, Lake Oswego, Portland, Corvallis, Eugene, and Klamath Falls.  I spoke with Code Enforcement in Beaverton and was told you can keep your chickens if you can prove they are your pets (has a name, can be easily held, eats out of your hands, etc), but they don't advertise this.  Phoenix, Oregon is currently working on a chicken ordinance too.  We have been working on this in Salem, Oregon since February and have made a lot of progress but probably won't be legal for another couple of months.  Check out the packet we presented to City Council after conducting six months of research.  You can download it from our website www.salemchickens.com

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