Petaluma California Chicken Ordinance
Are Chickens Allowed in this location Yes Max Chickens Allowed Permit restrictions Roosters Allowed Yes Permit Required Yes Coop Restrictions Proximity, sanitation, noise, and zoning restrictions apply. City/Organization Contact name Additional Information CHAPTER 9.12 LIVESTOCK PERMITS 9.12.010 Permit for livestock required. A. It is unlawful to maintain any livestock as defined in Section 9.04.020 within city limits without first obtaining a permit therefor from the animal control officer. B. Exceptions. Any person who has been previously issued a livestock permit by the city pursuant to former Section 9.04.070 of this code shall not be required to apply for a new permit unless the owner seeks to maintain on his premises a type of animal not authorized by the livestock permit, animals in greater members than authorized by the livestock permit, seeks to change the location where the animals are maintained or seeks to transfer the permit to another. The provisions of this Chapter 9.12 shall otherwise apply to persons who have previously been issued a livestock permit by the city. (Ord. 2185 NCS §2 (part), 2004.) 9.12.020 Permit application. A. The application for a livestock permit shall be made on a form prescribed by the animal control officer and shall include the following information: 1. The name(s) and address(es) of the owner(s) of the livestock; 2. The maximum number and kinds of livestock to be maintained; 3. The location and facilities where the livestock will be kept; 4. Whether any previous livestock permit held by the applicant or a co-owner has been revoked or suspended by the city; 5. Such further information as the animal control officer may require to determine whether to grant or deny the permit pursuant to Section 9.12.030. B. The application shall be transmitted to the director of community development and planning to determine whether the proposed used of property is in compliance with the Petaluma zoning ordinance. C. The animal control officer may conduct an inspection of the property where the livestock will be maintained prior to granting the permit. (Ord. 2185 NCS §2 (part), 2004.) 9.12.030 Issuance of a livestock permit. A. The animal control officer shall grant or deny a livestock permit application no later than thirty days after receipt of a completed application. The decision granting or denying such application shall be served in person or by mail. The animal control officer shall grant the application unless it is determined that any of the following conditions exist: 1. The applicant or a co-owner has had a livestock permit revoked by the city within the last year, or a prior livestock permit is currently suspended; 2. The applicant has made a material misstatement on the application; 3. The maintenance of the livestock at the location set forth in the application would violate one or more provisions of this code, the Petaluma zoning ordinance or the laws of this state; 4. The livestock will not be maintained within the boundaries of a lawful fence as defined in California Food and Agricultural Code Section 17121. B. The permit issued shall be valid only for the maximum number and types of animals described in the application. The permittee must apply with the animal control officer for an amendment to the permit if he desires to maintain additional or different types of animals on the premises. C. The permit issued under this section may only be transferred upon application and approval of the animal control officer. D. The animal control officer may impose conditions on issuance of the permit necessary to insure compliance with any provisions of this code, the Petaluma zoning ordinance or the laws of this state, and to protect the health and safety of the public and animals involved. (Ord. 2185 NCS §2 (part), 2004.) 9.12.040 Appeal of livestock permit denial. The applicant may appeal the denial of a permit application or permit condition by filing a written appeal with the city clerk stating the reason the applicant believes the denial or permit condition was improper. The appeal shall be heard by the city council. The city council may affirm, modify or overrule the decision of the animal control officer. The decision of the city council shall be final. (Ord. 2185 NCS §2 (part), 2004.) 9.12.050 Livestock permit revocation or suspension. A. The animal control officer may revoke or suspend a livestock permit issued pursuant to Section 9.12.030 for any of the following grounds: 1. The applicant has made a material misstatement on the application; 2. The permittee is in violation of any provisions of this code, the Petaluma zoning ordinance or the laws of this state; 3. The permittee is in violation of the terms and conditions of the livestock permit; 4. The livestock are not being maintained within the boundaries of a lawful fence as defined in California Food and Agricultural Code Section 17121. B. Notice of the revocation or suspension, stating the grounds therefor, shall be served in person or by mail on the permittee. C. The revocation or suspension shall become effective ten days after service of a notice thereof unless the permittee files an appeal to the city council with the city clerk. The revocation or suspension shall be stayed pending a decision by the city council on the appeal. The city council shall determine whether to affirm modify or overrule the decision of the animal control officer. The decision of the city council shall become effective ten days after the city councils determination. (Ord. 2185 NCS §2 (part), 2004.) 9.12.060 Permit fees. Fees for the processing and investigation of permits issued pursuant to this chapter shall be determined by city council resolution. (Ord. 2185 NCS §2 (part) 2004.) Link for more Information http://www.codepublishing.com/ca/petaluma.html Information Last Updated 2010-04-15 12:58:53
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