Sonoma City v neighborhood ordinance

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by JenP, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. JenP

    JenP Hatching

    Aug 9, 2011
    Hi. We are moving to the city of Sonoma, which allows 6 backyard hens, however, the house we are trying to purchase has an old ordinance dating to the 50s which states...

    "no fowl or any animal other than usual and common pets such as birds, dogs, and cats shall be kept or bred upon any property subject to these covenants."

    Does this override the newer city ordinance?
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2011

  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Neighborhoods do not have ordinances. You may have deed restrictions, you may have HOA covenants and restrictions. You really need to determine exactly what this "ordinance" is. Then you need to read the entire thing and determine if it expires after a certain length of time or remains in effect in perpetuity. And how it can be changed. Once you know these things you can determine how to proceed.
  3. kelseygirl707

    kelseygirl707 Dances with Chickens

    Mar 3, 2009
    Lakeport, Ca.
    Quote:Is this Sonoma California? [​IMG]

    I don't have an answer for you, I would call the City or the AG comissioner.... If this is Sonoma CA, I was at a recent Agritourism workshop where a City Official (Can't remember her title), talked about how they are trying to work with the Everyday household that wants livestock their property is able to accomadate. And if not, you could always be one of the many Illegal chicken owners... Heck, Sonoma has chickens running loose in the streets!

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