Woodland, CA

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Population: 49,500

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[edit] Layman's version:

  Up to 6 hens allowed provided they are kept over 40 feet from neighboring residences.

[edit] The Urban Chicken ordinance on the books:

Link to municipal code online: Chapter 3: Animals and Fowl

Text of municipal code:

Sec. 3-4-3. Keeping of chickens, pigeons or rabbits.
It is unlawful for any person to keep or maintain within the city, or permit to be kept or maintained upon land belonging to such person, any chickens, pigeons or rabbits except as follows:
A total of not more that six chicken hens or six pigeons or a combination of chicken hens and pigeons not to exceed the number of six, or a total of not more than six rabbits may be kept and maintained in a clean and sanitary pen or structure, no part of which shall be located less than forty feet from any residence, other than a residence owned and occupied by the person owning or in possession of such animals; and, provided further, that the keeping of such animal shall not create a health or nuisance problem. (Ord. No. 1323, (part).)

Sec. 3-4-4. Zoning administrator permits required for the keeping of certain animals and fowl.
The keeping of the following described animals within the city may be permitted subject to a zoning administrator permit:
(a) Animals for commercial, industrial or scientific purposes, in such numbers and of such types and under such conditions as will not be detrimental to the health, safety, comfort, convenience or welfare of persons residing or working in the neighborhood of such proposed keeping, and will not be detrimental to the public welfare or injurious to improvements in such neighborhood. Applications for such permissive keeping shall comply with Section 3-4-6, of this article, and be accompanied by a fee of fifty dollars ($50.00).
(b) Chickens, pigeons, or rabbits, exceeding six in number and of such types and under such conditions as will not be detrimental to the health, safety, comfort, convenience or welfare of persons residing or working in the neighborhood of such proposed keeping and will not be detrimental to the public welfare or injurious to improvements in the neighborhood. Applications for such permissive keeping shall comply with Section 3-4-6 of this Article, and no application fee shall be required.
(c) Pot-bellied pigs, pygmy goats, miniature horses, ponies and donkeys or other similar pygmy animals under such conditions as will not be detrimental to the health, safety, comfort, convenience or welfare of persons residing or working in the neighborhood of such proposed keeping, and will not be detrimental to the public welfare or injurious to improvements in such neighborhood. No more than three such pets or a combination thereof shall be permitted. Applications for such permissive keeping shall comply with Section 3-4-6 of this Article, and no application fee shall be required. (Ord. No. 1323, (part).)

Sec. 3-4-5. Conditions for keeping.
All animals and fowl kept within the city shall be kept in a sanitary condition and shall not create a health or nuisance problem. (Ord. No. 1323, (part).)

Sec. 3-4-7. Minimum standards for keeping animals.
The permissive keeping of animals as defined in Section 3-4-4 shall be subject to the following minimum standards:
(a) Fencing and Enclosure Regulations For Animals used for Commercial, Industrial or Scientific Purposes.
(1) All animals shall be kept in an area which is fenced so as to prevent the animals from roaming and if in a residential zone such fenced area shall be wholly located within the rear yard of the site where the animals are kept.
(2) No part of the fenced area shall be within seventy-five feet of any neighboring dwelling, school, church or health care facility, within a required side yard or front yard setback.
(3) Within the fenced area, a shelter shall be provided of sufficient size to provide cover for the animals kept on the parcel. No part of the shelter shall be located within seventy-five feet of any neighboring dwelling, within the front yard setback, or within twenty feet of a side or rear property line.
(4) Required fences and enclosures shall be maintained in good repair to protect animals from injury, restrict the entrance of other animals and prevent the escape of animals. All reasonable precautions shall be taken to protect the public from the animals and the animals from the public.
(5) Enclosure areas shall be of sufficient size to provide adequate and proper housing so as to prevent overcrowding.
(b) Required Management Practices.
1. Wastewater disposal shall be provided in a manner approved by the health officer.
2. Pastures and animal enclosures including but not limited to pens, barns, corrals, paddocks and feed areas shall be maintained free from excessive litter, garbage and the accumulation of manure, so as to discourage the proliferation of flies, other disease vectors and offensive odors. Sites shall be maintained in a neat and sanitary manner.
3. In no case shall any person allow the keeping of animals to cause significant soil erosion, or to produce sedimentation on any public road, adjoining property, or in any drainage channel. In the event such sedimentation occurs, the keeping of animals outdoors on the site shall be deemed a nuisance and may be subject to abatement.
4. Manure in excess of that which can be safely and sanitarily utilized on the premises shall be removed and shall not be allowed to accumulate.
5. All animals shall be supplied with sufficient good and wholesome food and water as often as their feeding habits require.
6. Animals shall be taken to a licensed veterinarian for examination and treatment if so ordered by the community development director or animal control officer. (Ord. No. 1323, (part).)

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