I thought I'd share the info I was able to get last fall.
I went down to the city of Kent and asked if there
were any chicken restrictions of any kind.
I was told there were no restrictions on roosters,
that they are subject to the noise ordinance, but
it is highly unlikely that a rooster could violate it,
as the noise must be constant in such a way
that it could be measured in decibels. Dogs are
another example of an animal that can make a
lot of noise, but is nearly impossible to cite.
Chickens are subject to the quantity limit based
on property size, but seems generous. Based
on square footage I can legally keep about 20
chickens, both hens and roosters on just under
a half acre. I love roosters as part of my flock.
I admire how they keep watch for the safety of
the hens, warn of danger, and round them up
and take them in when danger is spotted. They
point out food and stand aside while the hens
partake. Not to mention their beauty. I hope that
city of Kent will continue to allow roosters. Should
they decide to outlaw roosters due to the occasional
and intermittent crowing, I hope that they will outlaw
barking dogs. We have tolerated the barking of
our neighbor's dog for years - with no remedy
available to us - since the neighbor does not show
any willingness to suppress it.
I think rooster owners can help to keep our birds
welcome by keeping them closed in the coop until
a reasonable hour each morning. I can sympathize
that city folk may not appreciate the crowing before
I have pasted the Kent ordinance pertaining to numbers
of fowl allowed.
I hope this helps!
15.08.070 Keeping of animals.
The keeping of bees, small domesticated animals, large domesticated animals, and domesticated fowl, as those terms are defined in KCC 8.03.030, is permitted in all zones as an accessory use to any principal use permitted or to a permitted conditional use, subject to the standards and restrictions of this section and Ch. 8.03 KCC.
A. Small domesticated animals. Up to three (3) small domesticated animals may be kept accessory to each business establishment or dwelling unit on a lot, except as follows:
1. In no case is more than one (1) miniature potbelly pig allowed per business establishment or dwelling unit.
2. More than three (3) small domesticated animals are permitted on lots of at least twenty thousand (20,000) square feet, subject to the provisions of Ch. 8.03 KCC.
3. In no case shall a structure that restrains or houses small domesticated animals, such as a kennel or other accessory structure, be located closer than ten (10) feet from any other residential lot.
C. Domesticated fowl. Up to three (3) domesticated fowl may be kept on any lot that is at least five thousand (5,000) square feet, subject to the provisions of Ch. 8.03 KCC. These domesticated fowl are in addition to the small domesticated animals that may be permitted on a lot in accordance with subsection (A) of this section. One (1) additional domesticated fowl is permitted for each one thousand (1,000) square feet of land in excess of the minimum five thousand (5,000) square foot threshold. In no case shall a coop or other accessory structure that restrains or houses domesticated fowl be located closer than ten (10) feet from any other residential lot.