Unsure about county laws/ordinances

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by JacksonP, Nov 7, 2018.

  1. JacksonP

    JacksonP In the Brooder

    Nov 5, 2018

    I currently live in unincorporated land that is under county jurisdiction. The only documents I can find relating to Fowl and Livestock are at https://library.municode.com/ca/san...es/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=CH7ANFO_ARTIINGE

    Chapter 7 (Animals and Fowl) and Chapter 3 Article II (Livestock and Livestock Products)

    Chapter 3 Article ii discusses transportation of meat and animal products, Not talking about any specific livestock. Chapter 7 Article i section 7-9 discusses removal of animal waste. It says

    “It shall be unlawful for any person to own or maintain any cage, hutch, aviary, place, property or area in which any animal is kept in an unsanitary manner due to the accumulation of feces, urine, uneaten food or other matter that is harmful to the health, safety or welfare of the animal, other-animals or any human being. ”

    Does this mean that there is effectively no regulation as to fowl and other livestock?

    The only other relevant regulation pertaining to animals in the Municipal Codes other than cats and dogs is about driving animals on sidewalks where it states:

    “It shall be unlawful for any person to ride or drive or cause to be ridden or driven any bovine, horse, mule, burro, sheep, goat or swine on any sidewalk. The term "sidewalk" shall not include any public riding or hiking trail.”

    Should I email the county and see about any other relevant information?
  2. 4 Georgia Hens

    4 Georgia Hens Crowing

    Jan 3, 2017
    Northern Georgia
    I didn’t really see anything else about keeping livestock, but I did enjoy reading about the avocado inspection! That was fun! Yes, I recommend emailing the county. Please update on what you find out!
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  3. townchicks

    townchicks Free Ranging

    Dec 1, 2016
    Contra Costa county, Ca.
    Doesn't seem to be any prohibitions on chickens, from what I can see. As long as they don't run loose on public or someone else property, and you keep things clean. It never hurts to clarify with the county.
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  4. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Crowing

    Jul 3, 2016
    Pac NW
    My Coop
    Definitely contact the county. I took a look under some of the other articles but didn't see anything, specifically information about setbacks or space requirements for poultry or livestock. I even did a site search but again, nothing specific.

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