Ordinances and permit information Costa Mesa, CA


May 24, 2015
From my initial understanding owning of chickens in Costa Mesa, CA was legal and required no permits if the amount of animals on property exceeded no more than 5. From what I read off the the animal control website it clarifies that.

Keeping of non-domesticated animals, livestock, reptiles, aviaries, and more than five domestic animals is prohibited unless a special permit has been granted. Permits are issued at the discretion of the chief of police and Costa Mesa Animal Control and may be revoked for any violation of regulation. There is a one-time $15 non-refundable fee to apply for a permit. An annual permit fee is due within 10 days of approval and due each year thereafter. Please call (714) 754-5235 with licensing or permit questions.
FAQ section
Animal Limits and Types

Costa Mesa residents may own up to five animals over the age of four months. Keeping of non-domesticated animals, livestock, reptiles, aviaries, and more than five domesticated animals is prohibited unless a special animal permit has been approved by the chief of police.

Diving deeper and this is the most I can find on the subject even via the forums reading the code and ordinance laws. Contradicts itself perviously. Why couldn't it say XX requires permits in the permitting section on animal control website?
Located here - website
General Definitions
Livestock: Horses, ponies, stallions, colts, geldings, mares, sheep, rams, lambs, bulls, bullocks, steers, heifers, cows, calves, mules, jacks, jennets, burros, goats, kids, swine, and poultry.
Sec. 3-13. - Keeping of livestock prohibited.
No person shall keep any livestock within the city unless an application is made to the police chief for a special animal permit as set forth in Chapter VII of this title and is granted. This shall not apply to the Orange County Fairgrounds and Exposition Center.

I appreciate any insight to this and if permits are required what are the requirements for coop location and design. Thanks.

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