Does the coop really have to be in a certain spot?


6 Years
Jun 29, 2013
Castro Valley, CA

I am getting ready to build my coop! In Castro Valley, CA we can have up to three chickens with no permit. My mom read in a newspaper that San Leandro can now have chickens! It was talking about the coop, that it has to be some amount of space away from neighboring property lines.
Is that a normal rule? Should I look into that because I was planning for the coop to go right up against the fence! Thanks so much!!
You need to read your local ordinances and zoning code. It is fairly common in residential areas that allow chickens to specify that the coop and/or pen be at least a certain distance from either the property line, others' residences or others' sleeping quarters.
Yes, indeed, check the written codes and ordinances yourself. Don't rely on anyone's interpretation or newspaper reports.

Aside from the codes for coop size and placement we need to get an inspection AND a permit that costs $40.00. I think the fee keeps low income folks from being able to keep chickens.

You really need to follow the codes even if you don't plan to get a permit because if anyone complains you might have to pay a find but at least you won't have to move your coop!
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I just found this out the hard way, too...we can't even get a permit for our girls, we have to get them a coop that's 30' from our neighbors...only one little spot for that in our yard. It's maddening. I have 2 hens, that's it. I can't think who complained since my neighbors both love visiting with them. We are building a bigger coop for our girls as we speak!

Good luck to all of us engaged in the fight for urban chickens and properly raising them!

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