El Cajon California city codes for chickens

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    El Cajon California city codes for chickens

    HERE ARE All the laws in el cajon california for housing and keeping chickens



    CHICKENS



    In the R-E-40 zone, only the following uses are permitted as hereinafter specifically provided and
    allowed, subject to provisions of Chapter 17.64, governing off-street parking requirements:

    A. A one-family dwelling on each lot or building site;

    B. Accessory buildings and structures whose combined floor area does not exceed eight hundred square feet, including:

    1. Private garages,

    2. Storage buildings for the storage of equipment and supplies used on the premises,

    3. Additional buildings, including stables and barns, used in conjunction with permitted agricultural uses;

    C. Agricultural uses:

    1. Agricultural crops, horticulture and floriculture,

    2. Orchards, groves and vineyards,

    3. Plant nurseries, greenhouses and hothouses;

    D. Animals and poultry under the following conditions:

    1. Ordinary household pets, including but not limited to dogs and cats. Not more than two adult
    dogs and two adult cats are permitted for each dwelling, together with offspring under four months of age,

    2. Poultry and rabbits for family use, not to exceed twenty-four adult poultry and six adult rabbits
    for each main dwelling, together with natural increase until maturity,

    3. Horses, not to exceed one animal over one year of age for each ten thousand square feet of net lot
    area, and offspring under one year of age,

    4. Poultry or animals, excepting ordinary household pets, shall be kept or maintained on the lot as follows:

    a. Not within fifty feet of any school, church, hospital, place of business, dwelling, mobile home, or
    building constructed or used for human habitation, with the exception that this required separation may be
    reduced to twenty feet in the case of a dwelling on the same lot occupied by the owner of the poultry or animals,

    b. Not within twenty-five feet of any common side lot line with any abutting lot or parcel when the main
    dwelling or building has not been constructed on such abutting lot or parcel,

    c. All poultry and animals shall be kept and maintained in such a manner as to prevent offensive odors,
    flies, dust, noise and other nuisances;

    E. Foster family homes and day nurseries, not to exceed six children total, unless the foster children are
    all from the same family;

    F. Home occupations (see Section 17.60.320);

    G. Board and care facilities for a maximum of six persons on one lot or parcel;

    H. Domesticated animal as defined in Section 17.04.295 which does not exceed one hundred twenty-five pounds
    in weight at maturity, except as otherwise permitted by this chapter and except that no more than one domesticated
    animal may be permitted per property;

    I. Potbellied pigs as defined in Section 17.04.885 and not to exceed one pig on any lot unless the lot is at least
    twenty thousand square feet in area and then two pigs may be permitted.

    (Ord. 4653 § 253 (part), § 255, 2000.)



    6.04.090 Violations—Nuisance abatement.
    Persons convicted of repeated violations of this title shall be subject to having the conditions
    constituting such violation abated as a public nuisance. Three or more convictions of violations within
    one twelve-month period shall be prima facie evidence of a public nuisance subject to abatement resulting
    in the removal of all animals, poultry, fowl and other livestock from the premises. (Prior code § 5-14.)







    Refuse, excrement and manure from animals, poultry, fowl or any livestock shall not be permitted
    to accumulate on any premises in the city for periods in excess of five days and shall be removed from
    such premises at not less than five-day intervals unless spread upon and buried in the earth.

    This section shall not apply to commercial supplies of fertilizer dealers’ stock; provided, that
    such supplies are packaged in fly-tight containers, nor shall this section apply to poultry pens or houses
    where the deep litter process is used within such poultry house or pen.
    (Ord. 1, 1994; Ord. 4528, 1997;prior code § 5-4.)




    Indecent or offensive odors caused by animal excrement or other animal waste shall not be permitted
    to continue in or about any premises in the city for periods in excess of five days and shall be eliminated
    from such premises at not less than five-day intervals.

    This section shall not apply to commercial supplies of fertilizer dealers’ stock; provided, that such
    supplies are packaged in fly-tight containers, nor shall this section apply to poultry pens or houses where
    the deep litter process is used within such poultry house or pen. (Ord. 4528 § 55, 1997.)



    Dead animals, fowl or poultry, and offal, pending removal from the premises, must be kept in
    fly-tight containers. (Prior code § 5-6.)





    6.04.080 Provisions supplementary to other laws.
    The provisions of this title shall be in addition to all other federal, state,
    or local laws governing or regulating the keeping of animals, poultry, fowl or other
    livestock and not a limitation thereof. (Ord. 4528 § 56, 1997: prior code § 5-13.)




    “Domesticated animal” means any animal which has been adapted to life in association with and to the
    advantage of humans. For purposes of this code, domesticated animals shall include
    livestock (i.e., sheep, goats, swine), and poultry (i.e., chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys).
    (Ord. 4653 § 19 (part), § 57, 2000.)



    Pending its removal from the premises, refuse, excrement or manure from animals, poultry, fowl or
    livestock shall be piled in a well-drained area on a base at least four inches above the surrounding levels,
    to the end that storm or surface waters will flow away from, rather than into, the pile. (Prior code § 5-5.)





    17.12.110 Placement of buildings.
    A. No building shall be located in any required yard except as provided in Section 17.12.090.

    B. Buildings and structures, accessory or incidental to the permitted uses in the R-E-40 zone, shall be:

    1. Located not less than six feet from any other building or structure on the lot or parcel;

    2. If used for the housing of poultry or animals, located as specified for the keeping and maintenance
    of animals under Section 17.12.020 (D)(4);

    3. If located to the rear of the main building and not used for the housing of animals or poultry,
    located not less than three feet from any side and/or rear property line except on a corner lot. If located
    on a corner lot, no accessory building or structure shall be located closer than fifteen feet to the side
    street property line, or twenty feet from the side street property line if the accessory structure is a garage
    or carport entered directly from such side street;

    4. The roof of an accessory structure may project to within one and one-half feet of an interior side or
    rear property line.

    (Ord. 4653 § 253 (part), § 265, 2000.)





    17.14.110 Placement of buildings.
    A. No building shall be located in any required yard, except as provided in Section 17.14.090.

    B. Buildings and structures, accessory or incidental to the permitted uses in the R-E-20 zone, shall be:

    1. Located not less than six feet from any other building or structure on the lot or parcel;

    2. If used for the housing of animals or poultry, located as specified for the keeping and maintenance
    of animals under Section 17.14.020 (D)(4);

    3. If located to the rear of the main building and not used for the housing of animals or poultry, located
    not less than three feet from any side and/or rear property line except on a corner lot. If located on a corner
    lot, no accessory building or structure shall be located closer than twelve feet to the side street property line,
    or twenty feet from the side street property line if the accessory structure is a garage or carport entered directly
    from such side street;

    4. The roof of an accessory structure may project to within one and one-half feet of an interior side or rear
    property line.

    (Ord 4653 § 271 (part), § 283, 2000.)




    17.14.020 Permitted uses.
    In the R-E-20 zone, only the following uses are permitted as hereinafter specifically provided and allowed, subject to the provisions of Chapter 17.64 governing off-street parking requirements:

    A. A one-family dwelling on each lot or building site;

    B. Accessory buildings and structures whose combined floor area does not exceed eight hundred square feet, including:

    1. Private garages,

    2. Storage buildings for the storage of equipment and supplies used on the premises,

    3. Additional buildings, including stables and barns, used in conjunction with permitted agricultural uses;

    C. Agricultural uses:

    1. Agricultural crops, horticulture and floriculture,

    2. Orchards, groves and vineyards,

    3. Plant nurseries, greenhouses and hothouses;

    D. Animals and poultry under the following conditions:

    1. Ordinary household pets, including but not limited to dogs and cats. Except as otherwise provided in this code, not more than two adult dogs and two adult cats are permitted for each dwelling, together with offspring under four months of age,

    2. Poultry and rabbits for family use, not to exceed twenty-four adult poultry and six adult rabbits for each main dwelling, together with natural increase until maturity,

    3. Horses, not to exceed one animal over one year of age for each ten thousand square feet of net lot area, and offspring under one year of age,

    4. Poultry or animals, excepting ordinary household pets, shall be kept or maintained on the lot as follows:

    a. Not within fifty feet of any school, church, hospital, place of business, dwelling, mobile home or building constructed or used for human habitation, with the exception that this required separation may be reduced to twenty feet in the case of a dwelling on the same lot occupied by the owner of the poultry or animals,

    b. Not within twenty-five feet of any common side lot line with any abutting lot or parcel when the main dwelling or building has not been constructed on such abutting lot or parcel,

    c. All poultry and animals shall be kept and maintained in such a manner as to prevent offensive odors, flies, dust, noise and other nuisances;

    E. Foster family homes and day nurseries, not to exceed six children total, unless the foster children are all from the same family;

    F. Home occupations (see Section 17.60.320);

    G. Board and care facilities for a maximum of six persons on one lot or parcel;

    H. Domesticated animal as defined in Section 17.04.295 which does not exceed one hundred twenty-five pounds in weight at maturity, except as otherwise permitted by this chapter and except that no more than one domesticated animal may be permitted per property;

    I. Potbellied pigs as defined in Section 17.04.885 and not to exceed one pig on any lot unless the lot is at least twenty thousand square feet in area and then two pigs may be permitted.

    (Ord 4653 § 271 (part), § 273, 2000.)



    17.04.805 Ordinary household pet.
    “Ordinary household pet” shall mean any animal which is normally domesticated and customarily kept for personal use or enjoyment in a residential zone. For purposes of this code, ordinary household pets shall include, but not be limited to, domesticated dogs, cats, small mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and rodents. Not included in this definition are wild animals, domesticated livestock or poultry, or those animals whose ownership is prohibited by the state of California, the United States government, or other portions of this code. (Ord. 4653 § 19 (part), § 126, 2000.)


    17.12.020 Permitted uses.
    In the R-E-40 zone, only the following uses are permitted as hereinafter specifically provided and allowed, subject to provisions of Chapter 17.64, governing off-street parking requirements:

    A. A one-family dwelling on each lot or building site;

    B. Accessory buildings and structures whose combined floor area does not exceed eight hundred square feet, including:

    1. Private garages,

    2. Storage buildings for the storage of equipment and supplies used on the premises,

    3. Additional buildings, including stables and barns, used in conjunction with permitted agricultural uses;

    C. Agricultural uses:

    1. Agricultural crops, horticulture and floriculture,

    2. Orchards, groves and vineyards,

    3. Plant nurseries, greenhouses and hothouses;

    D. Animals and poultry under the following conditions:

    1. Ordinary household pets, including but not limited to dogs and cats. Not more than two adult dogs and two adult cats are permitted for each dwelling, together with offspring under four months of age,

    2. Poultry and rabbits for family use, not to exceed twenty-four adult poultry and six adult rabbits for each main dwelling, together with natural increase until maturity,

    3. Horses, not to exceed one animal over one year of age for each ten thousand square feet of net lot area, and offspring under one year of age,

    4. Poultry or animals, excepting ordinary household pets, shall be kept or maintained on the lot as follows:

    a. Not within fifty feet of any school, church, hospital, place of business, dwelling, mobile home, or building constructed or used for human habitation, with the exception that this required separation may be reduced to twenty feet in the case of a dwelling on the same lot occupied by the owner of the poultry or animals,

    b. Not within twenty-five feet of any common side lot line with any abutting lot or parcel when the main dwelling or building has not been constructed on such abutting lot or parcel,

    c. All poultry and animals shall be kept and maintained in such a manner as to prevent offensive odors, flies, dust, noise and other nuisances;

    E. Foster family homes and day nurseries, not to exceed six children total, unless the foster children are all from the same family;

    F. Home occupations (see Section 17.60.320);

    G. Board and care facilities for a maximum of six persons on one lot or parcel;

    H. Domesticated animal as defined in Section 17.04.295 which does not exceed one hundred twenty-five pounds in weight at maturity, except as otherwise permitted by this chapter and except that no more than one domesticated animal may be permitted per property;

    I. Potbellied pigs as defined in Section 17.04.885 and not to exceed one pig on any lot unless the lot is at least twenty thousand square feet in area and then two pigs may be permitted.

    (Ord. 4653 § 253 (part), § 255, 2000.)
     
  2. Celista

    Celista Chirping

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    As best as I can tell, you can have up to 24 birds on greater than 20K sq ft property, but for smaller lots all poultry is prohibited.
     
  3. Cosmo_123

    Cosmo_123 Hatching

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    Those are just the Zoning Codes for two of the five total Single-Family lot sizes. Here is the total break down

    Chapter 17.12 RESIDENTIAL ESTATES 40,000 SQ. FT. ZONE (R-E-40) = maximum of 24 chickens
    Chapter 17.14 RESIDENTIAL ESTATES 20,000 SQ. FT. ZONE (R-E-20) = maximum of 24 chickens
    Chapter 17.16 RESIDENTIAL SUBURBAN 14,000 SQ. FT. ZONE (R-S-14) = Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for domesticated animals (includes chickens) if the lot is larger than 20,000 sqft. Limits (1) animal under 125 lbs., the required staff report to the Planning Comission could recommend more chickens based upon the extreme weight/size difference.
    Chapter 17.18 RESIDENTIAL SUBURBAN 9,000 SQ. FT. ZONE (R-S-9) = Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for domesticated animals (includes chickens) if the lot is larger than 20,000 sqft. Limits (1) animal under 125 lbs., the required staff report to the Planning Comission could recommend more chickens based upon the extreme weight/size difference.
    Chapter 17.20 RESIDENTIAL ONE-FAMILY 6,000 SQ. FT. ZONE (R-1-6) = Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for domesticated animals (includes chickens) if the lot is larger than 20,000 sqft. Limits (1) animal under 125 lbs., the required staff report to the Planning Comission could recommend more chickens based upon the extreme weight/size difference.

    Looks like you would submit for a Conditional Permit (Minor) regarding use item 7. Note: you technically would need on to have more than two adult cats or dogs under item 8.
    http://www.ci.el-cajon.ca.us/dept/comm/Planning Forms/Conditional Use Permit (Minor).pdf
    Total Fees of $1,300 and about six weeks from submittal for processing and getting to a date on the Planning Commision agenda. This form appears to be pretty typical of what the cities and counties around Fresno in the central valley area of California require.

    Good luck!
     
  4. Celista

    Celista Chirping

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    Thanks! It still seems that 20,000 sq ft is the minimum area.

    I just found out that El Cajon city council is already in the process of considering revisions to the municipal code, so this is the perfect time to ask them to include backyard chickens as one of the revisions.

    The next city council meeting will be this coming Tuesday (June 8, 2010) at 7 pm, and the general code revisions are already on the agenda. I am planning to go and fill out a speaker slip so that I can request the change. Hopefully some other like-minded people will show up!

    If you are planning to come, please send me an email!
     
  5. mdrifat

    mdrifat Hatching

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    Folks,

    I have three hens raised from chicks that are approaching one year old. We live in Fletcher Hills and these hens have turned into my children's house chickens. They are very much loved.

    Our HOA has given us no end of grief despite the unversal approval of our immediate neighbors of the chickens. Indeed, they have brought together neighbors who hadn't previously know each other who come to our yard to feed and gawk at the girls.

    The HOA took what I think has to be the most mean spirited tack today. They called animal control. The officer showed up and we have ten days to eliminate the girls.

    While I will deal with the HOA and its issues, I have decided to move forward with a change to the zoning laws in El Cajon to permit the raising of no more than four hens for family use on lots of at least 20,000 square feet in certain residential zones so long as the hens are not permitted to escape from the lot where they are kept. I need support as the filing fee is $1800 and this will be a fight.

    Is there anyone out there who is with me on this?????

    Best,
    Matt
     
  6. Liamm_1

    Liamm_1 Songster

    That sucks. Shoot the neighbors.
     
  7. BethanyAmborn

    BethanyAmborn In the Brooder

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    The zoning laws in El Cajon have been updated, and all single family residential zones now allow pet poultry. As of the time of this post, the rules are 10 square feet of fully enclosed run per bird in unpaved backyeard space, 4 square feet of covered and enclosed coop per bird, one next per bird (dumb but ok), and 1 bird per 100 square feet of unpaved back yard up to a limit of 10.

    Here's the link and the code sections to look this up (as of today anyway).
    http://qcode.us/codes/elcajon/

    Title 17 ZONING
    Chapter 17.140 RESIDENTIAL ZONES
    17.140.210 Residential land use table.

    Title 17 ZONING
    Chapter 17.205 AGRICULTURE AND ANIMALS
    17.205.065 Chickens.

    (posting this here because this post is the first thing to return in Google on a search!)
     
  8. BethanyAmborn

    BethanyAmborn In the Brooder

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    Matt, if you were part of getting these zones changed - THANK YOU!!
     

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