Anyone want to change Larkspur, California city code re: chickens?


8 Years
May 27, 2011
Hi there--I'm hoping to find some folks interested in lobbying for a change to the Larkspur, CA city code regarding chickens.

Currently, at the risk of oversimplifying, the code requires a chicken coop to be 30 feet away from houses, the public right of way and building lines. (See below) I think this is overly restrictive and am interested in working to change this. Please get in touch with me if you are interested in helping! Thanks

18.16.275 Animals.
The standards of this section shall apply to the keeping of animals in all zoning districts, except as specified in LMC 18.16.050, and are in addition to the standards and limitations described in Chapter 7.04 LMC.

A. Household pets, such as dogs, cats, rabbits, canaries, and similar small animals, are allowed in all zoning districts. A use permit is required for having, keeping, maintaining, or boarding of four or more dogs over four months of age per Residential Zoning Districts.

B. The keeping of small animals shall be an accessory use to the primary residential use of the parcel.

C. Roosters, ducks, geese, peafowl, and similar noisy animals are not permitted.

D. Location of Enclosures for Animals. No enclosure for animals, other than for a dog or a cat, shall be located closer than thirty feet to:

1. The public right-of-way upon which the parcel fronts;

2. Any dwelling;

3. Any building line on an adjoining parcel (i.e., the distance measured from the nearest edge of a primary or accessory structure on the adjoining parcel, or the required setback line on the adjoining parcel, whichever is closer to the common property line). (Ord. 953 § 1(20), 2007)

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