Issaquah, WA

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Population: 25,226

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Layman's version:
One chicken per 2,000 square feet of lot area.  Must abide by set back regulations for housing structure. No roosters!

The Urban Chicken ordinance on the books: Chapter 18.07.140 Animals - Maintenance of agricultural animals in residential district.
Link to municipal code online: Issaquah Municipal Code

Text of municipal code:

18.07.140 Animals – Maintenance of agricultural animals in residential district.

No livestock or other agricultural animals shall be kept outdoors in residential zoning districts unless all of the following approval criteria are met for the following lot sizes, either on one (1) lot or a combination of adjacent lots within one (1) ownership:

A. Six Thousand (6,000) to Thirty-Five Thousand (35,000) Square Foot Lots:

1. The structure to house the animal(s) shall be set back from the property lines consistent with IMC 18.07.360, District standards table;

2. The animal(s) is kept within a fenced area at least five (5) feet from the property line(s), or the fence may be on the property line(s) with the use of solid fencing;

3. Animals kept on the site shall be limited to chickens (no roosters), rabbits, squab, or ducks; and

4. Animals kept on the site shall not exceed one (1) animal per two thousand (2,000) square feet of lot area.

B. Thirty-Five Thousand (35,000) Square Foot or Greater Lots:

1. No structure to house the animal(s) is within twenty-five (25) feet of a property line;

2. The animal(s) is kept within a fenced area at least twenty-five (25) feet from the property line(s);

3. Animals kept on the site shall not exceed the following limits:

a. Horses or Llamas: Not to exceed one (1) animal per one and two-tenths (1.2) acre of area available for the animal’s occupancy;

b. Cattle or Mules: One (1) animal per one-half (.5) acre of area available for the animal’s occupancy;

c. Chickens, Rabbits, Ducks, or Squab: One (1) animal per two thousand (2,000) square feet of lot area; and

d. All Other Animals: Sheep, goats, turkeys, or geese at a ratio of five (5) total animals per acre of area available for the animal’s occupancy (for example, on a three (3) acre site of area available for the animal’s occupancy, the following combinations of “Five (5) total animals per acre of area available for the animal’s occupancy” is possible: fifteen (15) total = ten (10) sheep, two (2) goats, and three (3) turkeys, or fifteen (15) total = fifteen (15) sheep only). (Ord. 2553 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2009; Ord. 2108 § 7.2.11.1, 1996).

18.07.150 Animals – Minimum standards for all animals.
The animal(s) is kept in such a manner that meets all of the following minimum standards so that a nuisance is not created that would impact adjacent property owners:

A. Trespassing: The animal(s) is not allowed to trespass on another’s property; and

B. Number:

1. The number of allowed agricultural animals based on lot size per IMC 18.07.140, Animals – Maintenance of agricultural animals in residential district;

2. The number of domestic animals or household pets within the following zoning districts, as follows:

a. C-Rec, C-Res and SF-E Zoning Districts: Not to exceed four (4) mature domestic animals or household pets;

b. SF-S Zoning District: Not to exceed three (3) mature domestic animals or household pets;

c. All Other Zoning Districts: Not to exceed two (2) mature household pets;

d. Offspring of domestic animals or household pets residing in the home shall be allowed until they have reached maturity. At that time, the maximum number of animals for the lot shall not be exceeded. (Ord. 2553 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2009; Ord. 2462 § 23, 2006; Ord. 2108 § 7.2.11.2, 1996).

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