Chapter 17.71


17.71.010    Purpose

17.71.020    Permit Requirements

17.71.030    Application Content

17.71.040    Location And Separation Requirements

17.71.050    Development And Operational Standards

17.71.010 Purpose:

This chapter limits the number of animals allowed and the methods by which domestic, farm and exotic animals may be kept on private property, under the circumstances specified. This chapter is intended to minimize potential adverse effects on adjoining property, the neighborhood and persons in the vicinity from the improper management of animals. Potential adverse effects include, but are not limited to, the propagation of flies and other disease vectors, dust, noise, offensive odors, soil erosion and sedimentation. (Ord. 473 §3, 2007)

17.71.020 Permit Requirements:

Animal keeping is permitted only in the A-V (artisan agricultural/visitor serving), R-E (residential estate), R-L (single-family residential), R-M (multiple-family residential), and R-H (high) density infill) zoning districts. Presently, animal keeping related uses that are permitted solely in the A-V zoning district are:

A.    Animal husbandry; and

B.    Equestrian facilities (hobby); and

C.    Equestrian facilities (commercial) with a conditional use permit; and

D.    Veterinary facilities with a conditional use permit; while

E.    Kennels (commercial) are permitted in A-V and R-E zoning districts. In granting a permit, the planning commission shall have the right to impose any and all pertinent regulations and conditions which it may deem proper or necessary to prevent or minimize any nuisance to the neighbors of the premises likely to result from flies, vermin, odors, or other discomforts resulting from the keeping or maintaining livestock. For any legal nonconforming uses outside these bounds, refer to section 17.84.020 of this title. Any fees related to the processing of permit or the permit itself shall be as established from time to time by resolution of the city council and shall not be refundable. Permits shall be valid for one year before granted permit should be renewed. (Ord. 473 §3, 2007)

17.71.030 Application content:

Where this chapter requires land use permit approval for a specific animal raising activity, the permit application shall include the following:

A.    Site drainage patterns and a statement of measures proposed by the applicant to avoid soil erosion and sedimentation caused by the keeping of animals.

B.    The applicant’s plans for animal waste disposal.

C.    Where the site is located within or adjacent to a residential or recreation category, a statement of other measures proposed by the applicant for the management of the site and proposed animals to ensure that the animals will not become a nuisance to other residents in the vicinity of the site. No permit shall be required for the keeping of mice, guinea pigs, hamsters, or small birds (other than birds of prey), which are confined in cages, or tropical or gold fish in aquariums. (Ord. 473 §3, 2007)

17.71.040 Location And Separation Requirements:

Animal keeping is allowed only on sites that comply with the following standards, except for the keeping of household pets in compliance with the following:

A.    Animals shall be restrained a distance of at least fifty feet (50'), measured in a straight line, from any habitable structure or structure used for public assembly located on adjoining property.

B.    Animals shall be restrained a distance of at least five feet (5') from interior side and rear property lines, and fifteen feet (15') from street side property lines.

C.    Animals shall be secured by a fence or wall at least five feet (5') in height, made of chainlink, wood with horizontal members no less than six inches (6") apart, solid masonry or other appropriate solid confining material. Property line walls and fences may be used to secure animals, provided the appropriate restraint distances are maintained, in compliance with chapter 17.52 of this title.

D.    Animals shall be kept a minimum of one hundred feet (100') from any domestic water well.

E.    For new dairies/feedlots, a separation of five hundred feet (500') shall be required between animal feed troughs, corral/pen from new development and/or from property with a residential or nonresidential tract map recorded after July 2007 as measured from the building setback line.

F.    A reduction in animal separation requirements may also be considered for facilities with proven means of reducing odors, such as covering lagoons, substituting concrete lined pits for lagoons, and employing recommended ventilation systems for animal confinement buildings. Consideration of alternative setbacks shall be subject to consultation with qualified agricultural engineers to ensure that the measure will reliably accomplish the intended purpose. (Ord. 473 §3, 2007)

17.71.050 Development And Operational Standards:

The following requirements apply to the keeping and raising of specific types of animals in addition to all other applicable standards of this chapter.

A.    Lot And Structures:

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Zoning District

Table Reference


17.28-1 of this title


17.30-1 of this title


17.30-2 of this title


17.30-3 of this title


17.30-4 of this title

B.    Setbacks:

1.    Buildings: Livestock and poultry buildings, barns, stables or other accessory buildings related to the animal raising activity are subject to the setback and other applicable provisions of chapter 17.46 of this title.

2.    Outdoor Animal Enclosures: Corrals, paddocks, pens and other outdoor animal enclosures shall be located as required by the following setbacks:

a.    Setback From Adjoining Residential Use: Animal enclosures shall be located at least fifty feet (50') from any previously existing dwelling, swimming pool, patio or other living area on property other than the site.

b.    Setback From Streets: Animal enclosures shall be located a minimum of twenty five feet (25') from a front property line and ten feet (10') from a street side property line; except that no such setbacks are required in the agriculture, rural lands and open space categories, or in the residential rural or suburban categories outside of urban or village areas.

C.    Maintenance And Operational Standards:

1.    Odor And Vector Control: All animal enclosures, including, but not limited to, pens, coops, cages and feed areas shall be maintained free from 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 in compliance with section 17.60.040 of this title.

2.    Erosion And Sedimentation Control: In no case shall an animal keeping operation be managed or maintained so as 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 in compliance with section 17.60.040 of this title.

3.    Noise Control: Animal keeping within urban or village areas or in residential land use categories shall comply with the noise standards established by section 17.60.030 of this title.

4.    Safety: In no case shall an animal keeping operation be managed or maintained so as to create a significant risk of injury to life or property. (Ord. 473 §3, 2007)