Bothell Washington Chicken Ordinance

By EggSpudition · Jan 11, 2012 · Updated May 5, 2015 ·
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    Bothell Washington Chicken Ordinance
    Are Chickens Allowed in this locationYes
    Max Chickens Allowed8*
    Roosters AllowedNo
    Permit RequiredNo
    Coop RestrictionsBothell Municipal Code 12.14 (accessory setback requirements)
    City/Organization Contact nameBothell City Hall 18305 101st Ave. NE Bothell, WA 98011 425.486.3256 Main City of Bothell line
    Additional Information
    Bothell Municipal Code 12.06.140 States:
    2. Keeping of animals shall not constitute a public nuisance which endangers the public health, safety or general welfare, in accordance with BMC Title 6, Animals. Suitable structures or fences shall be provided to restrain animals from leaving the premises. Animals other than and in excess of those permitted by this title shall require a conditional use permit. The raising and keeping of animals for agricultural purposes is regulated under BMC 12.06.030.
    The following domestic animals are permitted in residential uses; provided, that hobby kennels or catteries and special hobby kennels or catteries may increase the number of adult dogs and cats, pursuant to Chapter 6.12 BMC:
    a. Three or fewer adult dogs per dwelling unit;
    b. Three or fewer adult cats per dwelling unit;
    c. A total of three adult dogs or three adult cats per dwelling unit; provided, that any combination of adult dogs and adult cats shall not exceed four;
    d. Three or fewer adult rabbits per dwelling unit;
    e. The keeping of chickens shall comply with the following:
    (1) The number of chickens allowed shall be based upon the following:
    (A) No chickens may be kept on properties less than 5,000 square feet in area or on properties within the R 2,800, R 4,000, DT, DN, DC, GDC, 522 and R-AC zoning classifications, except for those properties within the aforementioned zones which contain one single-family residence may keep the number of chickens allowed herein;
    (B) Up to five total adult chickens on properties of 5,000 to 7,200 square feet;
    (C) Up to eight total adult chickens on properties of 7,200 to 35,000 square feet; and
    (D) Up to eight total adult chickens on properties larger than 35,000 square feet plus one additional adult chicken for each 1,000 square feet of additional lot area beyond 35,000 square feet;

    (2) Coops, sheds, or structures, including chicken tractors (small portable cages that are moved periodically), used to house chickens shall be set back per the accessory setback requirements of Chapter 12.14 BMC;
    (3) Juvenile chickens, or chicks, less than 30 days old shall not be counted toward the total number of allowed adult chickens; and
    (4) Adult roosters are prohibited;
    f. Three or fewer adult non-chicken fowl per dwelling unit;
    g. Gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, caged birds;
    h. Nonvenomous reptiles and amphibians;
    i. Other animals normally associated with a dwelling unit, and which are generally housed within the dwelling unit;
    j. In addition to the maximum number of adult animals permitted, offspring from females are permitted at any given time until those offspring are able to survive independently.
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    Information Last Updated5/5/2015

    NOTE: This information was submitted by a member of our chicken forum. Please make sure to double check that this information is accurate before you proceed with raising chickens. You can read more info about checking local laws here..

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