Santa Rosa California Chicken Ordinance

Are Chickens Allowed in this locationYes
Max Chickens Allowed
Roosters AllowedNo
Permit RequiredNo
Coop RestrictionsYes.
City/Organization Contact nameCity Clerk (707) 543-3016
Additional Information

"Animal keeping shall comply with the requirements of this Section, where allowed by

Division 2 (Zoning Districts and Allowable Land Uses).
A. The care and keeping of any animal shall comply with the provisions of City CodeTitle 7 and all applicable provisions of this Zoning Code.
B. On any lot in a residential zoning district, or in conjunction with any residential use in
any other district, a total of five animals (domestic or exotic) may be kept on one lot, of which not more than three may be dogs, and not more than one may be a potbellied pig. In addition to the five animal total, hens may be kept in accordance with the limitations of Table 4-1 and the development standards below.

C. Development Standards for Hen Keeping
All hen keeping shall be in compliance with all of the following development standards and requirements.
1. Roosters are prohibited.
2. Hens shall be kept in a securely fenced area within the rear yard of the residential property. A coop and pen are required.
3. The coop and pen shall comply with the following development standards:
a. Setbacks. For keeping of six or fewer hens, the coop shall be set back a minimum of five feet from side or rear property lines. For keeping of more
than six hens, the coop shall be set back a minimum of 10 feet from side or rear property lines. For all hen keeping, the coop shall be located a minimum
of 20 feet from habitable structures on adjacent properties; greater distances are encouraged where practicable.
b. Coop height. Coops shall be no taller than eight (8) feet in height.
c. Coop and pen design and maintenance. The coop and pen shall be designed, constructed, and maintained such that the hens are securely contained.
d. Ongoing maintenance and care. The coop and pen shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition. All enclosures shall be constructed and maintained to prevent rats or other rodents from being harbored underneath, within, or within the walls of the enclosure. All feed and other items associated with hen keeping shall be managed to minimize contact with rodents.
Table 4-1: Number of Hens Allowed
Lots 5,000 sq ft or less = 3.
Lots 5,001- 10,000 sq ft = 6.
Lots 10,001 - 43,560 sq ft = 6 hens per 10,000 sq ft of lot area up to 12 hens.
Lots over one acre = 6 hens per 10,000 sq ft of lot area up to 30 hens.
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Information Last Updated2012/11/14 00:00:00

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