So, it seems that I am right about that crazy $4500 permit, from reading this. I honestly find it hard to believe than anyone has ever actually paid that. If no one complains, can't imagine anyone coming out to check if you have chickens and if you've paid the fee - but if their were complaints, I think they could make you get rid of your chickens if you didn't have the permit. I know that happens, but I don't know that it has ever happened in this area. For some reason I thought that chickens were allowed in Fair Oaks - I mean, the place is covered with them - and that there might be some specific town code. I don't know why I thought it might be different, guess it's all covered under Sacramento County. I hope to have a couple hens soon (just trying to get living quarters for them figured out), but I don't plan on applying for any permit, especially when it's as ridiculous as $4500. If no one has complained about your chickens, I wouldn't even bother calling and asking about the permit, unless you wanted to do it anonymously just to see exactly what they say. Cindy p.s. I'm generally a by-the-rules kind of person and if the codes flat out prohibited chickens, I wouldn't even consider getting them (although I'd be all for changing the code) - but I just find a $4500 permit application fee to be way off the hook.