Los Angeles California Chicken Ordinance

By LarryPQ, Jan 11, 2012 | Updated: Jan 24, 2013 | | |
  1. LarryPQ
    Los Angeles California Chicken Ordinance

    Are Chickens Allowed in this locationYes
    Max Chickens AllowedZoning restrictions apply
    Roosters AllowedYes
    Permit RequiredNo
    Coop RestrictionsProximity (25 ft away from owner's dwelling, 35 ft from other residences), sanitation, noise, and zoning restrictions apply.
    City/Organization Contact name
    Additional InformationThe noncommercial keeping of birds (not including fowl) without regard to their number shall be an accessory use in the RA, RE, RS, R1, RU and RZ Zones. However, if the Department of Animal Services determines that the keeping of birds or the keeping of a particular number of birds at a particular location constitutes a nuisance or a health or safety hazard, then the keeping of birds under those circumstance shall not be an accessory use. For the purposes of this section, the occasional sale of birds which is incidental to the keeping of birds as a hobby, does not constitute a commercial use. 7. (Amended by Ord. No. 158,126, Eff. 8/22/83.) The keeping of equines, bovines, goats or other domestic livestock, and not to exceed five swine, and the keeping of poultry, fowl, rabbits, fish or frogs, chinchillas and other small animals in conjunction with the residential use of the lot, provided: (a) That these activities are not for commercial purposes, except that a maximum of two currently licensed equines not owned by the resident of the involved property may be boarded (for which monetary compensation may be paid) or kept on that property as an accessory use, and except that chickens, rabbits or chinchillas may be kept for commercial purposes on lots of five acres or more. (Amended by Ord. No. 161,352, Eff. 7/20/86.) (b) The keeping of equines, bovines, goats or other domestic livestock shall be permitted only on lots having an area of 17,500 square feet or more. Where equines and/or bovines are being kept, the number kept shall not exceed one equine or bovine for each 4,000 square feet of lot area. (Amended by Ord. No. 159,341, Eff. 10/11/84.) 8. (None). SEC. 53.42. ANIMALS, SALE OF – AS NOVELTIES – ON STREETS. (a) It shall be unlawful for any person to display, sell, offer for sale, barter or give away, upon any street or sidewalk, or other public place in the City of Los Angeles, any rabbits, baby chicks, ducklings or other fowl, as pets or novelties, whether or not dyed, colored or otherwise artificially treated. (b) No person shall sell, offer for sale, barter or display any rabbits, baby chicks, ducklings or other fowl which have been dyed, colored or otherwise treated so as to impart to them an artificial color. (c) No person shall sell, offer for sale, barter or give away any rabbits, baby chicks, ducklings or other fowl unless such person provides proper brooder facilities for the care of such baby chicks, ducklings or other fowl during the time they are in the possession of such person. (d) No person shall sell, offer for sale, barter or give away any rabbits, baby chicks, ducklings or other fowl under four weeks of age in any quantity less than six. (e) This section shall not be construed to prohibit the display or sale of rabbits, natural chicks, ducklings or other fowl, in proper facilities by dealers, hatcheries or stores engaged in the business of selling the same, to be raised for food purposes. (f) It shall be unlawful for any person to display, sell, offer for sale, barter or give away, upon any street or sidewalk of the City of Los Angeles, as pets or novelties: (1) any fish, turtle, snake, lizard, chameleon or other reptile; (2) any bird, cat, dog, fowl, guinea pig, rodent or other animal. (g) This section shall not be construed to prohibit the display or sale of animals, birds, fish or reptiles legally for sale in licensed pet shops, kennels, aviaries or fish hatcheries.
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    Information Last Updated2010-04-15 12:27:18

    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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  1. Judy925
    My city has ridiculous restrictions. You would think I was playing with a radioactive animal here. I am friends with a police officer who lives and works in my city. She has a LOT of chickens. That makes me feel a LOT better about breaking 57 laws just having one.
  2. Mac84
    I just searched for my zone and it says R1-1-RFA . Am I allowed to have chickens?? I don't know if R1-1-RFA is included in R1?? can somebody help me solve my doubt? Thank you!
    I live in the San Fernando Valley in Studio City.
  3. paroiseau
    After a couple weeks of searching and posting on forums and emailing of people living close to be who were on these forums to no avail, I finally decided to just head over to LA Animal Control (for the city of LA not county). The above quoted ordinance is repeated frequently on the internet for Los Angeles, but I was always confused by the first sentence: "...not including fowl..." By dictionary definition, "fowl" are birds kept for eggs or flesh. Thus the ordinance quoted specifically does NOT apply to chickens.
    Here is what the East Valley Animal Shelter had to say:
    1) permit is not required
    2) there are distance requirements: 35 ft from your own dwelling and 75 ft from the neighbors. (I've seen posted on forums that the distances were 20 and 35 ft, perhaps this is LA County's rule.)
    They didn't mention anything about number or roosters. I had already left when it came to me. But, there were actually roosters at the shelter available for adoption. Adoption fee of chickens is $17 btw. They also had a RI Red hen with two eggs! She was in an open kennel type enclosure with a Bantam rooster and had laid two eggs in a shallow hole in the dirt.
    Hope this helps other newbies in Los Angeles thinking of keeping chickens. Now that the legalities are out of the way, I can start building my coop.

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