Lake Forest, CA - Chicken Ordinance

Are Chickens Allowed in this locationYes
Max Chickens AllowedNot stated
Roosters AllowedNot stated, but probably not.
Permit RequiredNo
Coop RestrictionsNot stated
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10.04.010 - Definitions.
The following terms, as used in this title, shall have the meanings set forth herein, unless it is apparent from the context thereof that some other meaning is intended. "Livestock" means any domesticated poultry, cattle, goats, swine, sheep and equines which are kept in captivity or under the control or ownership of any person for any purpose.​
10.12.080 - Control of livestock.
No person owning or having charge, care, custody or control of any animal shall cause or permit, either willfully or through failure to exercise due care or control, any such animal to be placed, staked or to graze or be upon the land of another without the written consent of the owner or other authorized person, or upon public lands or highways or to allow any such animal to run at large.
(Ord. 165 § 1 (Exh. D (part)), 2007)​
10.12.090 - Livestock fencing.
Every owner, keeper, custodian or harborer of livestock shall erect and/or maintain a fence as herein described to contain and confine all livestock kept or maintained on his premises. Such fence shall be sufficiently good, strong and substantial as to prevent the ingress and egress of livestock. No wire fence is a good and substantial fence within the meaning of this section unless it has three (3) tightly stretched barbed wires securely fastened to posts of reasonable strength firmly set into the ground not more than one (1) rod apart, one (1) of which wires shall be at least four (4) feet above the surface of the ground. Any kind of wire or other fence of height, strength and capacity equal to or greater than the wire fence herein described is a good and substantial fence within the meaning of this section. Cattle guards of such width, depth, rail spacing and construction as will effectively turn livestock are also a good and substantial fence.​
6.14.002 - Public nuisances designated. U. Animals, livestock, poultry or bees kept, bred or maintained for any purpose and in violation of any provision of this Code, or any "pest breeding hazard" as that term is defined in Section 6.28.010 of this Code;
6.28.010 - Definition.
For purposes of this chapter, the following terms shall be defined as follows:
"Commercial dairy farm" means any place or premises upon which milk is produced for sale or other distribution and where more than two (2) cows or six (6) goats are in lactation.
"Commercial poultry ranch" means any premises where poultry are maintained, raised or fed for the primary purpose of producing eggs or meat for sale or other distribution.
"Horse stable" means any location where three (3) or more horses are maintained for any purpose.
"Pest breeding hazard" as used in this chapter shall mean the accumulation, existence or maintenance of any substance, matter, material or condition resulting in the breeding of flies, cockroaches, rats, or other insects or rodents in an amount or manner such as to endanger public health or safety, or to create unreasonable interference with the comfortable enjoyment and use of life and property by others.
"Pest Abatement Board" as used in this chapter shall mean an administrative board composed of five (5) members, appointed by the Board of Supervisors, or a City board or other body appointed by the City Council.​
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Information Last Updated10/10/12

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