Sonoma says yes to chickens, no to roosters

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by ibpboo, Aug 21, 2008.

  1. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing
    Sonoma says yes to chickens, no to roosters

    Published: Thursday, August 21, 2008 at 10:32 a.m.
    Last Modified: Thursday, August 21, 2008 at 12:30 p.m.

    An ordinance making it easier to keep chickens and rabbits in the city of Sonoma was passed by the City Council late Wednesday, but to address the possibility of noise complaints, roosters were banned.
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    The ordinance was approved on a 5-0 vote and will be back before the council at its Sept. 3 meeting for final approval.

    The effort to bring more chickens and rabbits into the city is part of a nationwide movement for healthier food and reducing the transportation of food, supporters said.

    The new rules will let anyone in Sonoma have 16 chickens and eight rabbits no matter what the lot size, and allow larger numbers on lots over 10,000 square feet.

    The council set a maximum number of chickens and rabbits allowed at 50 on lots over 10,000 square feet, and amended the proposed ordinance to ban roosters. Roosters were to be allowed on large lots.

    Residents are still required to get a permit, costing $123, and adhere to strict rules governing the construction of henhouses, rabbit pens and enclosures.
  2. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    That's great! Chickens to take over every back yard!

    The cost of the permit is kind of funny though.

    What shall it be?

    I dunno?


  4. Addison

    Addison Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 18, 2008
    sonoma is not that far from me.... does anyone know the law about solano county? it should be almost the same since they are close to each other right?
  5. SewingDiva

    SewingDiva Chillin' With My Peeps

    $123 for the permit? Mine was $10.

    Maybe the permit is so high to keep the number of people keeping chickens as low as possible.


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