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Gilroy, Ca passes ordinance to allow chickens in the city limits!!

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances (and how to change' started by Burkies1, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. Burkies1

    Burkies1 New Egg

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    Gilroy city council finally has gotten with the times and adopted an ordinance that will allow upto 6 small animals, including chickens, within city limits!!!! Super exciting. The new ordinance will go into effect in early April.
     
  2. Swamp Dog

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    who got this passed and how did they do it?
     
  3. Burkies1

    Burkies1 New Egg

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    Not sure. I just recently started looking into our local laws and found they were restricted. A month later there was an article in the local paper indicating that city council proposed to change and I started following to see if it was adopted. Maybe start by contacting and gaining support from a city council member???
     
  4. stormylady

    stormylady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
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    Yeah!! I always like hearing good new like that!
     
  5. Luvmykiddos

    Luvmykiddos Out Of The Brooder

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    Yay!!! That is so exciting to hear!!! [​IMG]
     
  6. GilroyPatch

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    Hi there,

    Here's some background information on the small animal ordinance that was recently passed in Gilroy.

    The ordinance was passed in early February by a 5-2 vote, and limits the number of small animals under 24 inches tall that residents can own. The ordinance also limits the number of small animals like rabbits, chickens, pigeons, turkeys, peacocks and other legal birds to six per resident.

    Here's some additional info. Look under "New Business" http://gilroy.patch.com/articles/city-council-preview-933a07d1

    The issue of regulating chickens and other small animals was originally brought to the council in the fall: http://gilroy.patch.com/articles/city-council-preview-bye-bunnies

    I hope this info is helpful! Gilroy Patch is another local news hub for Gilroy residents.
    We've been around for a little over a year, so locals are still learning about us. Here's the website URL: http://www.gilroy.patch.com

    If you have any questions about the site, please pass them on! And now that I know this forum exists, I'll make sure to post updates about anything chicken related :)

    And, if any of you are on Facebook, please check out our Facebook page. You'll receive our regular updates in your news feed if you "like" the Gilroy Patch Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/GilroyPatch

    We tweet all of our updates as well: https://twitter.com/#!/GilroyPatch

    Have a wonderful Sunday!!

    - Corinne
     
  7. mustangsaguaro

    mustangsaguaro Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is good news to hear. I am sure there are a lot of happy people knowing they can now keep chickens. I know of one person who lives in Gilroy and she was keeping chickens (way more than 6) before this was even passed. Her neighbors must have liked her for not saying anything about her chickens. I am sure there were many other keeping chickens illegally as well. But nice they changed the law finally.
     
  8. SarahBeth9394

    SarahBeth9394 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2008
    Forget chickens, if I'm going to Gilroy it will be for the garlic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  9. blsimpson

    blsimpson Out Of The Brooder

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    This is great news for us! :)

    I have been raising chickens here for the past two years, and have always worried about getting turned in.. Of course, I still have over the limit, but now at least I wouldnt need to get rid of them all..

    I was looking more into it, but wasnt able to find any more info, like if roosters are allowed or not, anyone see that info anywhere?

    ben in Gilroy
     
  10. mustangsaguaro

    mustangsaguaro Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say because you are w/in city limits Roosters are not allowed due to the noise. I am somewhat a neighbor of your. I live in San Martin, out in the country on 7 acres.
     

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