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

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by 3littlechickies, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. 3littlechickies

    3littlechickies Chirping

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    Hi! [​IMG]

    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. [​IMG] 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!! [​IMG]
     
  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    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.
     
  3. chfite

    chfite Songster

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    Yes, indeed, check the written codes and ordinances yourself. Don't rely on anyone's interpretation or newspaper reports.

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  4. aggiemae

    aggiemae Songster 6 Years

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    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!
     
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2013
  5. MagsDeatrick

    MagsDeatrick In the Brooder

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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!

    http://realworldrunner.blogspot.com/2013/09/off-topic-in-trouble-with-law.html
     

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