Mountain View, CA

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Population: 71,000

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[edit] Layman's version:

Up to 4 hens without a permit.  Keep 25 ft. from residences.  Within 25 ft. acceptable with written consent from residences within the 25ft boundary.  No roosters.

[edit] The Urban Chicken ordinance on the books:

Link to municipal code online: Chapter 5: Animals and Fowl

Text of municipal code:

SEC. 5.46. Animals near residences.
It shall be unlawful for any person to pen, enclose, or otherwise confine, any chicken, duck, pigeon, or any other bird or fowl, within twenty-five (25) feet of an inhabited residence without the written consent of the occupant of such residence. It shall be unlawful for any person to stake, tie, or similarly confine, any animal, except a dog, within two hundred (200) feet of an inhabited residence, without the written consent of the occupant of such residence.
(Ord. No. 31.71, 12/13/71.)

SEC. 5.47. Small animals. Permit to keep.
No person shall keep, harbor or maintain more than four (4) small animals as defined hereinbefore without first applying for and receiving, a permit therefor from the poundmaster, except that no permit of any kind shall be required for the keeping of songbirds, talking birds, turtles or goldfish or tropical fish in an aquarium or fish pond.
(Ord. No. 31.71, 12/13/71.)

SEC. 5.48. Small animals. Permit to keep. Application.
Any person required to obtain a permit by Sec. 5.47 shall apply for a permit from the poundmaster. The application must be in writing and must give the following facts:
a. Name of applicant.
b. Address of applicant.
c. Description of and number of the above animals kept or proposed to be kept by applicant.
d. A plot plan of the property upon which said animals are to be kept, together with the proposed location of any house, coop, runway, enclosure or structure designed for keeping said animals, indicating the distances to all property lines and buildings within forty (40) feet thereof.
(Ord. No. 31.71, 12/13/71.)

SEC. 5.49. Issuance of small animal permit.
The poundmaster shall have authority to issue a permit for the keeping of said animals upon a finding that:
a. All such animals are confined, or will be confined in a suitable enclosure with enclosed runway, and that none of such animals will be permitted to run at large.
b. Such house or other enclosure is maintained in a clean and sanitary condition free from offensive odors.
c. No part of such house or other enclosure is located less than twenty (20) feet from the side or rear lot lines of the property on which it is situated.
d. The keeping of said animals will not otherwise be detrimental to the neighborhood where such animals are proposed to be kept, nor inimical to the public health, safety and welfare of persons residing in the neighborhood.
(Ord. No. 31.71, 12/13/71).

SEC. 5.53. Roosters.
No person shall possess, keep, maintain or control a rooster anywhere in the city except upon a poultry farm in the A or F district as designated in Chapter 36 of the City Code.
(Ord. No. 31.71, 12/13/71.)

SEC. 5.54. Selling dyed fowl or rabbits as pets or novelties prohibited.
No person shall sell, offer for sale, barter or give away any baby chicks, rabbits, ducklings, or other fowl as pets or novelties which are colored, or otherwise artificially treated. This section shall not be construed to prohibit the display or sale of natural chicks, rabbits, ducklings or other fowl in proper facilities by pet shops or by dealers, hatcheries or stores, if such pet shops, dealers, hatcheries or stores are engaged in the business of selling the same to be raised for food purposes only.
(Ord. No. 31.71, 12/13/71.)

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