Chapter 19.260
ANIMALS1

Sections:

19.260.010    Application of chapter.

19.260.020    Types of animals.

19.260.030    Other regulations.

19.260.040    Use must be accessory.

19.260.050    Household pets.

19.260.055    Chickens and ducks.

19.260.060    Small domestic animals.

19.260.070    Large domestic animals.

19.260.080    Bees.

19.260.090    Bonds.

19.260.010 Application of chapter.

This chapter establishes special regulations that govern the keeping of animals in any zone where a dwelling unit is permitted. The keeping of cats and dogs is permitted in any residential zone or other zone where a dwelling unit is permitted, subject to the provisions of FWRC Title 9, Animals. The keeping of animals other than cats and dogs is permitted in any residential zone or other zone where a dwelling unit is permitted, subject to the provisions of this chapter. However, any provision of this chapter that is inconsistent with a specific provision applicable to suburban estate zones does not apply in suburban estate zones.

(Ord. No. 12-714, § 4, 1-17-12; Ord. No. 07-573, § 37, 12-4-07; Ord. No. 02-424, § 3, 9-17-02; Ord. No. 90-43, § 2(115.20(1)), 2-27-90. Code 2001 § 22-981.)

19.260.020 Types of animals.

Animals will be regulated according to the following categories:

(1) Household pets. The following animals will be regulated as household pets:

(a) Four rabbits or less per dwelling unit.

(b) Gerbils.

(c) Guinea pigs.

(d) Hamsters.

(e) Mice.

(f) Caged birds.

(g) Nonvenomous reptiles and amphibians.

(h) Other animals normally associated with a dwelling unit, and which are generally housed within the dwelling unit.

(2) Small domestic animals. The following animals will be regulated as small domestic animals:

(a) More than four rabbits per dwelling unit.

(b) Fowl. Refer to FWRC 19.260.055 for chickens and ducks on lots less than 35,000 square feet and citywide rooster limitations.

(3) Large domestic animals. The following animals will be regulated as large domestic animals:

(a) Horses.

(b) Cattle.

(c) Sheep.

(d) Pigs.

(e) Goats.

(f) Other grazing or foraging animals.

(4) Bees.

(Ord. No. 12-714, § 5, 1-17-12; Ord. No. 11-681, § 4, 1-4-11; Ord. No. 90-43, § 2(115.20(2)), 2-27-90. Code 2001 § 22-982.)

19.260.030 Other regulations.

Nothing in this chapter eliminates the need to comply with applicable state law and any other ordinance of the city regulating the keeping of animals.

(Ord. No. 90-43, § 2(115.20(3)), 2-27-90. Code 2001 § 22-983.)

19.260.040 Use must be accessory.

The keeping of animals under the provisions of this chapter must be clearly accessory to the principal residential use of the subject property.

(Ord. No. 90-43, § 2(115.20(4)), 2-27-90. Code 2001 § 22-984.)

19.260.050 Household pets.

Household pets, as that term is defined in this chapter, may be kept on the subject property.

(Ord. No. 90-43, § 2(115.20(5)), 2-27-90. Code 2001 § 22-985.)

19.260.055 Chickens and ducks.

This section allows limited numbers of chickens and ducks for residential lots containing less than 35,000 square feet subject to the following regulations:

(1) Number of animals permitted. Any combination of four chickens and/or ducks may be kept on lots up to 34,999 square feet. Regulations associated with small domestic animals set forth in FWRC 19.260.060 apply to lots 35,000 square feet and greater.

(2) Pens, structures and enclosures. A suitable pen, structure or enclosure to house the animals shall be provided per designs approved by the director and maintained in a clean condition at all times. All pens, structures and enclosures shall be set back a minimum of 10 feet from side and rear property lines and are not permitted in the area between the primary dwelling unit and the front property line.

(3) Roosters. Roosters are not permitted within the city except for those lots zoned suburban estate. Roosters kept prior to the adoption of this section shall be removed from the property no later than June 30, 2011.

(4) Modification. Modifications to the enclosure design standards may be granted by the director if one of the following criteria is met:

(a) The proposed modification will produce a design equal or superior to that which would result from adherence to the adopted standard; or

(b) Each of the following requirements is met:

(i) The proposed modification is needed to accommodate particular breeds of chickens or ducks; and

(ii) The proposed modification results in an aesthetic appearance equivalent to the adopted standards.

(Ord. No. 11-681, § 3, 1-4-11.)

19.260.060 Small domestic animals.

Small domestic animals, as that term is defined in this chapter, may be kept on the subject property subject to the following regulations:

(1) Minimum lot size. The subject property must be at least 35,000 square feet in area.

(2) Maximum number of animals. No more than 20 small domestic animals may be kept on a lot containing 35,000 square feet of area. With the exception of chickens and ducks, one additional small domestic animal is permitted for each additional 500 square feet of lot area. In addition, offspring from one female are permitted at any time, until those offspring are able to live independently.

(3) Pens, structures and enclosures. The applicant shall provide a suitable pen, structure or enclosure to house the animals and must maintain this structure, pen or enclosure in a clean condition at all times. Enclosures for chickens and ducks shall be provided per designs approved by the director. Modification to design standards may be granted pursuant to FWRC 19.260.055(4). All pens, structures and enclosures must be set back at least 40 feet from each property line.

(4) Limitations under certain circumstances. The city may limit the number of animals allowed to less than the maximum stated in this section if this is reasonably necessary to protect nearby uses or the city considering the following factors:

(a) The proximity of the animals to dwelling units both on and off the subject property.

(b) The lot size and isolation of the subject property.

(c) The compatibility with surrounding uses.

(d) Potential noise, pollution and other impacts.

(Ord. No. 11-681, § 5, 1-4-11; Ord. No. 90-43, § 2(115.20(6)), 2-27-90. Code 2001 § 22-986.)

19.260.070 Large domestic animals.

Large domestic animals, as that term is defined in this chapter, may be kept on the subject property subject to the following regulations:

(1) Minimum lot size. The subject property must be at least 70,000 square feet in area.

(2) Maximum number of animals. No more than two large domestic animals may be kept on a lot containing 70,000 square feet of area. One additional large domestic animal is permitted for each additional 35,000 square feet of lot area. In addition, sucklings from one female are permitted at any time.

(3) Pens and structures. The applicant shall provide a suitable pen or structure to house the animals and must maintain this structure or pen in a clean condition at all times. All pens or structures must be set back at least 40 feet from each property line.

(4) Roaming and grazing areas. The subject property must contain an area of at least 14,500 contiguous square feet configured in a suitable manner to be used as a roaming, grazing or paddock area for the animals. This area must be exclusive of barns, storage sheds and other structures and must be accessible to trucks to deliver feed and remove manure. All roaming, grazing and paddock areas must be setback at least 20 feet from each property line.

(5) Exemptions to setbacks. The setback requirements of subsections (3) and (4) of this section may be modified or waived by the city if the abutting property owner records a statement with the county to run with the property giving permission for the structure or pen or roaming, grazing or paddock area to be closer to the property line than the required setback and/or for the structure, pen or area to extend across the property line.

(6) Manure piles. Manure piles must be located and maintained in a manner to reduce or eliminate any impacts upon adjoining properties and water quality.

(7) Limitations under certain circumstances. The city may limit the number of animals allowed to less than the maximum stated in this chapter if this is reasonably necessary to protect nearby uses or the city considering the following factors:

(a) The proximity of the animals to dwelling units both on and off the subject property.

(b) The lot size and isolation of the subject property.

(c) The compatibility with surrounding uses.

(d) Potential noise, pollution and other impacts.

(Ord. No. 90-43, § 2(115.20(7)), 2-27-90. Code 2001 § 22-987.)

19.260.080 Bees.

Bees may be kept on the subject property subject to the following regulations:

(1) Minimum lot size. The subject property must be at least 15,000 square feet in area.

(2) Number of hives. Two hives are permitted if the subject property is less than 20,000 square feet in area. Five hives are permitted if the subject property is between 20,000 and 60,000 square feet in area. A maximum of 15 hives are permitted if the subject property is more than 60,000 square feet in area.

(3) Location of hives. The hives must be at least 25 feet from each property line unless one of the following circumstances applies, in which case the hives must be at least 10 feet from each property line:

(a) The hives are at least eight feet above the adjacent ground.

(b) The hives are less than six feet above the adjacent ground and are behind a solid fence or hedge which is at least six feet in height and parallel to any property within 25 feet of the hives and extending at least 20 feet beyond the hive in both directions.

(4) Registration. All colonies shall be registered with the state department of agriculture prior to April of each year in which they are kept.

(5) Housing and maintenance. All colonies must be kept in movable frame hives. Adequate space must be maintained around hives to prevent overcrowding and swarming. Hives must be requeened following any swarming or aggressive behavior.

(Ord. No. 90-43, § 2(115.20(8)), 2-27-90. Code 2001 § 22-988.)

19.260.090 Bonds.

The city may require a bond under Chapter 19.25 FWRC to ensure that the subject property is maintained in a clean condition.

(Ord. No. 90-43, § 2(115.20(9)), 2-27-90. Code 2001 § 22-989.)


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Cross reference: Animal control regulations and animal related businesses, FWRC Title 9.