Campbell, CA

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Population: 36,000

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[edit] Layman's version:

Chickens allowed (no roosters) provided there are no more than six animals in all at household. Larger quantities allowed upon successful appeal to city manager.

[edit] The Urban Chicken ordinance on the books:

Link to municipal code online: Chapter 7.05 FOWL AND OTHER ANIMALS, IN GENERAL

7.05.010 Quantity of animals.
(a) Not more than six animals, in all, including hares, rabbits, guinea pigs, feline, bovine, sheep, goat, chickens, turkeys, geese, ducks, doves, pigeons, game birds, or other fowl or any combination thereof shall be kept on any premises within the city, unless the premises involved are operating on a commercial basis in conformance with existing zoning regulations and state statutes governing their operations. This provision limiting the quantity of the animals and fowl named in this section is intended to be retroactive; however, any person keeping more than six, in all, of the hares, rabbits, guinea pigs or fowl prior to the adoption of this section shall have until January 1, 1999 to reduce the number of animals to no more than one hundred, and until January 1, 2000 to come into full compliance.
(b) The city manager may allow more than six animals, but no more than fifty animals, upon finding that the animals will be maintained in a healthy and sanitary condition, and will not foreseeably be injurious to the health, or indecent or offensive to the senses so as to unreasonably interfere with the comfortable enjoyment of neighboring properties. In making this determination, the city manager shall consider:

  1. The lot size of the premises on which the animals will be kept;
  2. Whether or not the animals will be located or housed in a manner that will eliminate views, noise or odors to the adjoining properties;
  3. The animals can be cared for in a manner that produces no noticeable noise or odor beyond the premises on which they will be kept; and
  4. The animals are restricted to a portion of the premises that is not proximate to any adjoining residences.

(c) At least ten days before making a decision on whether or not to allow more than six animals, the city manager shall mail a notice by first class United States mail addressed to the addresses of all residential parcels located within fifty feet of the boundaries of the premises where the animals would be kept. The notice shall describe the nature of the exception being requested and the street address of the property where the animals would be kept. The notice shall further advise the recipients that they must contact the city manager's office within ten days from the date the notice was mailed with any concerns they may have about the requested exception in writing or by telephone at an address and telephone number provided in the notice.
(d) At the end of the ten-day period, and no later than thirty days after receipt of the request for more than six animals, the city manager shall render his or her decision, which shall be final.
(e) Any exception granted pursuant to this section may be revoked by the city manager upon finding that the additional animals are not being maintained in a healthy or sanitary condition, or are creating a condition that constitutes a public nuisance. At least ten days prior to revoking any approval for more than six animals, the city manager shall notify the owner of the animals, by first class United States mail of his or her intention to consider revocation of the approval, and the basis therefor. The notice shall also set forth an address and telephone number at which the owner can contact the manager, and advise the owner that if the owner opposes the revocation, the owner must contact the city manager within ten days from the date the letter was mailed. The city manager's decision on the revocation shall be final.
(Ord. 1964 § 1(part), 1998).

7.05.020 Roosters.
No rooster over four months old shall be kept on any premises within the city, unless the premises involved are operating on a commercial basis in conformance with existing zoning regulations and state statutes governing their operations.
(Ord. 1964 § 1(part), 1998).

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