Chapter 7.04
ANIMAL CONTROL*

Sections:

7.04.001    Code and law.

7.04.005    King County chapters adopted by reference.

7.04.010    —

7.04.150    Repealed.

7.04.151    Animal structures and runs.

7.04.152    Household pets.

7.04.154    Beekeeping.

7.04.156    Small domestic animals.

7.04.157    Chickens.

7.04.158    Large domestic animals.

7.04.160    —

7.04.600    Repealed.

*Prior legislation: Ords. 669, 721, 744, 852, 874, and 1041. Animal fee schedules are on file in the City Clerk’s office.

7.04.001 Code and law.

(A) No portion of this chapter shall be deemed to be exclusive or exhaustive in reference to animal control and shall not relieve any person from the duty to observe other and more restrictive provisions. Animal control codes and laws provided by King County and Washington State shall apply. (Ord. 2640 § 1 (part), 2011).

7.04.005 King County chapters adopted by reference.

(A) The following chapters of the King County Code are hereby adopted by reference, as the same have been amended by King County Ordinance No. 16861, and as they may be amended hereafter:

Chapter 11.04

Animal Control and Care Regulations, with the exceptions established in subsections (B) through (H) of this section

Chapter 11.12

Rabies Control

Chapter 11.20

Disposition of Fowl and Rabbits

Chapter 11.24

Stock Restricted Area

Chapter 11.28

Exotic Animals

Chapter 11.32

Guard Dogs

(B) KCC 11.04.010(B) shall provide that if there is a conflict between a provision of this chapter and a provision of the Redmond Municipal Code, the provision in the Redmond Municipal Code shall control.

(C) All references in Chapter 11.04 KCC to Title 21A, which utilize Title 21A’s limits for the number of dogs and cats that may be kept in dwelling units as thresholds for certain licensing requirements, shall be replaced with references to RMC 7.04.152.

(D) KCC 11.04.050(A) shall provide that the applicant for an original animal shelter, cattery, pet shop, grooming service, or kennel license shall present to the regional animal services section a written statement from the city planning department that the establishment of the animal shelter, cattery, pet shop, grooming service, or kennel at the proposed site is not in violation of the city zoning code, or has a legal nonconforming zoning status, or a conditional use permit has been issued for the intended use.

(E) KCC 11.04.050(B) shall provide that shelters, catteries, pet shops, grooming services, and kennels shall comply with the licensing requirements of the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health. Subject to applicable restrictions in the city’s zoning code, the facilities may board animals as authorized by their Seattle-King County Department of Public Health license.

(F) KCC 11.04.290(A)(3) shall provide that failure to comply with any requirement prescribed by the manager in accordance with this section constitutes a misdemeanor. Such an animal shall not be kept in the city after forty-eight hours after receiving written notice from the manager. Such an animal or animals found in violation of this section shall be impounded and disposed of as an unredeemed animal and the owner or keeper of the animal or animals has no right to redeem the animal or animals.

(G) KCC 11.04.290(B)(2) shall provide that any animal that bites, attacks or attempts to bite one or more persons two or more times within a two-year period is declared to be a public nuisance and shall not be kept within the city forty-eight hours after receiving written notice from the manager. Such an animal or animals found in violation of this section shall be impounded and disposed of as an unredeemed animal, and the owner or keeper of the animal or animals has no right to redeem the animal.

(H) KCC 11.04.510 shall provide that no person within the city shall publish or advertise to King County residents the availability of any unaltered cat or dog unless the publication or advertisement includes: the unaltered animal’s license number or the animal’s juvenile license number; provided, however, that nothing in this chapter shall prohibit licensed breeders from advertising in national publications for sale of a planned litter or litters. (Ord. 2640 § 1 (part), 2011: Ord. 2536 § 2, 2010).

7.04.010 Purpose.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1371 § 1 (part), 1987).

7.04.020 Definitions.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1704 § 1, 1992: Ord. 1408 §§ 1, 2, 1988; Ord. 1371 § 1 (part), 1987).

7.04.030 Pet licenses required.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1704 § 2, 1992: Ord. 1408 § 3, 1988: Ord. 1371 § 1 (part), 1987).

7.04.033 Licensing — General requirements.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1704 § 3, 1992).

7.04.040 Dog and cat licenses — Fees.

Repealed by Ord. 1704. (Ord. 1480 § 14(A), 1989: Ord. 1408 § 4, 1988; Ord. 1371 § 1 (part), 1987).

7.04.050 Penalty.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1704 § 5, 1992: Ord. 1480 § 14(B), 1989; Ord. 1371 § 1 (part), 1987).

7.04.060 Dog and cat license exemptions.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1704 § 6, 1992: Ord. 1499 § 1, 1989: Ord. 1371 § 1 (part), 1987).

7.04.070 Animal shelter, kennel, grooming service, cattery and pet shop license — Required.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1704 § 7, 1992: Ord. 1480 § 14(C), 1989: Ord. 1371 § 1 (part), 1987).

7.04.080 Shelter or kennel license — Zoning compliance.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1704 § 8, 1992: Ord. 1442 § 7, 1988: Ord. 1371 § 1 (part), 1987).

7.04.090 Shelter, kennel, grooming service, etc. — Health inspection.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1704 § 9, 1992: Ord. 1371 § 1 (part), 1987).

7.04.100 Hobby kennel or hobby cattery license — Required.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1704 § 10, 1992: Ord. 1480 § 14(D), 1989; Ord. 1371 § 1 (part), 1987).

7.04.110 Animal shelters, kennels, hobby kennels, catteries, hobby catteries, and pet shops requirements.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1704 § 11, 1992: Ord. 1371 § 1 (part), 1987).

7.04.120 Facilities — Indoors.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1704 § 12, 1992: Ord. 1371 § 1 (part), 1987).

7.04.130 Facilities — Outdoors.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1704 § 13, 1992: Ord. 1371 § 1 (part), 1987).

7.04.140 Grooming parlors — Conditions.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1704 § 14, 1992; Ord. 1480 § 14(E), 1989; Ord. 1371 § 1 (part), 1987).

7.04.150 Additional rules and regulations.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1371 § 1 (part), 1987).

7.04.151 Animal structures and runs.

(A) Animal Structures and Runs. A structure and associated run shall provide accommodation, environment, and security of animals at a standard that ensures their safety and well-being.

(B) Food Storage. Animal food shall be secured in a manner not to attract rodents. (Ord. 2640 § 1 (part), 2011).

7.04.152 Household pets.

(A) Types. Household pets include animals such as dogs, cats, hamsters, nonvenomous snakes, birds and rabbits. Chickens, mink, and both large and small domestic animals are excluded.

(B) Limitation. Each dwelling unit and the accompanying lot or common area is limited to three household pets plus one un-weaned litter produced by any of the pets, provided, that this limitation shall not apply to gerbils, hamsters, birds and nonvenomous snakes.

(C) Shelter. Household pets shall be sheltered in the dwelling unit or in a clean structure located within the building setback lines of the accompanying lot. (Ord. 2640 § 1 (part), 2011: Ord. 1442 § 3, 1988).

7.04.154 Beekeeping.

Beekeeping is subject to the following requirements:

(A) No more than four hives per lot shall be allowed in areas zoned R-l, R-2, or R-3, and no more than two hives per lot shall be allowed in areas zoned R-4, R-5 or R-6, provided, that a beekeeper who picks up a swarm of bees may hold them for a period of no more than two weeks, notwithstanding the provisions of this section.

(B) Colonies shall be maintained in small movable frame hives.

(C) Adequate space shall be maintained in the hives to prevent overcrowding and swarming.

(D) Colonies shall be requeened with a young hybrid queen annually, or as often as necessary to prevent any swarming or aggressive behavior.

(E) All colonies shall be registered with the Washington State Department of Agriculture in accordance with apiary law, RCW 15.60.030.

(F) Hives shall not be located within twenty-five feet of any property line, except under the following conditions:

(1) When situated eight feet or more above adjacent ground level; or

(2) When there is a solid fence at least six feet high separating the hive from the property line, extending at least twenty feet from the hive along the property line in both directions.

(G) Bees living in trees, buildings or any other space (except in movable frame hives), abandoned colonies or diseased bees shall constitute a public nuisance and shall be abated, as set forth in this chapter. (Ord. 2960 § 2, 2019: Ord. 2640 § 1 (part), 2011: Ord. 1442 § 4, 1988).

7.04.156 Small domestic animals.

(A) Types. Small domestic animals (mammals and fowl) include rabbits, ducks, geese, swans and other similar animals unless otherwise specified. Chickens, mink, hogs, large domestic animals and household pets are excluded.

(B) Limitations. In Single-Family and Urban Recreation zones, no more than ten small domestic animals may be kept on a minimum lot size of one-half acre. On publicly-owned park properties, there shall be no limit on the number of small domestic animals kept provided that RMC 7.04.151, Animal structures and runs requirements are met.

(C) Shelter. Small domestic animals shall be sheltered in a clean structure which shall be located at least thirty feet away from any property line.

(D) Repealed by Ord. 2640.

(E) On publicly-owned park properties, there shall be no minimum setback for existing structures provided that RMC 7.04.151, Animal structures and runs requirements are met.

(F) Confinement. Adequate measures shall be taken to provide safety for the animals and to prevent them from straying onto adjacent property.

(G) Animal Waste. Adequate measures shall be taken to properly dispose of animal wastes. Accumulation of animal waste shall be prohibited from being stored within the required thirty-foot animal shelter setback. (Ord. 2640 § 1 (part), 2011: Ord. 1442 § 5, 1988).

7.04.157 Chickens.

(A) Types. Female chickens, pullets, or hens. Water fowl including ducks, geese, and swans, and other fowl are excluded from this section.

(B) Limitations.

(1) Female chickens, pullets or hens, hereby referred to as chickens, are allowed in Single-Family zones, the Urban Recreation zone, and on publicly-owned park properties.

(2) In Single-Family and Urban Recreation zones, the following maximum number of chickens may be kept on an individually-owned property:

Zoning Designation

Allowed maximum number of chickens

UR

10

RA-5

10

R-1

10

R-2

10

R-3

8

R-4

7

R-5

6

R-6

4

R-8

0

RIN

Based on the size of the lot and corresponding density:

A. Lots below 30,000 square feet shall be allowed a maximum of six (6) chickens.

B. Lots greater than 30,000 square feet shall be allowed a maximum of seven (7) chickens.

(3) On publicly-owned park properties, there shall be no limit on the number of chickens kept provided that RMC 7.04.151, Animal structures and runs requirements are met.

(C) Chicken Husbandry Registration. Approval of a Chicken Husbandry registration is required to house chickens on any property. The property owner(s) shall complete a Chicken Husbandry registration confirming that:

(1) The property owner has read and understands RMC 7.04 Animal Control.

(2) The property owner agrees to maintain the subject property and chicken husbandry activity in a manner that complies with RMC 7.04 Animal Control.

(3) Property owners who housed chickens prior to December 6, 2011 are permitted to maintain chicken husbandry activities consistent with the RMC 7.04 Animal Control in effect as of December 6, 2011.

(D) Shelter and Run.

(1) Chickens shall be sheltered in a clean structure which shall be located no less than fifteen feet from any property line.

(a) The shelter shall provide protection from the following:

i. Weather by providing a fully enclosed structure including walls, roof, floor, and securable door.

ii. Predators by being made of sturdy material such as plywood.

iii. Rodents by limiting small points of uncontrolled access, no larger than one-half inch.

(2) On publicly-owned park properties, there shall be no minimum setback for existing structures provided that RMC 7.04.151, Animal structures and runs requirements are met.

(3) Chicken shelter, run, and other structures such as feed storage shall not be located in the front yard and shall be screened at a minimum of Type II – Visual Screen (RZC 21.32 Landscaping) from adjoining streets and access corridors.

(4) RZC 21.08.230 Accessory Structures shall apply to chicken shelter, run, and other structures. In addition, the shelter shall be limited to no greater than 200 square feet in gross floor area and shall be no greater than eight feet in height.

(5) A chicken run is an enclosed outside yard, no greater than six feet in height, for keeping chickens.

(1) A run shall provide protection from the following:

(a) Weather by providing a covered portion of run space that allows chickens to escape rain and snow.

(b) Predators by being made of sturdy, small gauge animal fencing such as chain link or chicken wire along the entire perimeter of the run. Floor fencing should also be installed. The top of the run shall be covered with additional similar fencing or netting in a manner that helps prevent chickens from straying.

(6) The setback required for a chicken shelter and run may be reduced to five feet from any property line provided that the property adjacent to the proposed location of the chicken shelter and run is either:

(a) Occupied primarily by a non-residential use such as church, school, or park;

(b) A permanently dedicated easement or tract such as a native protection growth easement or open space tract that is at least 10 feet in width; or

(c) A street or permanent trail or access corridor that includes a right of way at least 10 feet in width.

(E) Confinement. Adequate measures shall be taken to provide safety for the chickens and to prevent them from straying onto adjacent property.

(F) Animal Waste. Adequate measures shall be taken to properly dispose of animal wastes. Accumulation of animal waste shall be prohibited from being stored within the required fifteen-foot animal shelter setback.

(G) Slaughter. Slaughter is intended only for personal consumption and no more than one chicken may be slaughtered on any property located in a residential zone within a twenty-four-hour period. Adequate measures such as arrangement with a mobile slaughter unit or veterinary service shall be taken to slaughter any more than one chicken within a twenty-four-hour period outside of any City of Redmond Residential zone. (Ord. 2961 § 2, 2019; Ord. 2640 § 1 (part), 2011).

7.04.158 Large domestic animals.

(A) Types. Large domestic animals include horses, cattle, sheep, goats, ponies, oxen and other similar size animals unless otherwise specified. Chickens, mink, household pets and small domestic animals are excluded.

(B) Shelter. Large domestic animals shall be sheltered in clean structures. Structures, confinement and feeding areas associated with large domestic animals shall be located at least thirty feet away from any property line.

(C) Repealed by Ord. 2640.

(D) Repealed by Ord. 2640.

(E) Repealed by Ord. 2640.

(F) On publicly-owned park properties, there shall be no minimum setback for existing structures provided that section 7.04.151 Animal Structures and Runs requirements are met.

(G) Limitations. In Single-Family and Urban Recreation zones, the minimum land area required to maintain any large domestic animal shall be one acre, or the sum of the required land areas for each animal as listed below, whichever is greater. On publicly-owned park properties, there shall be no limit on the number of large domestic animals kept provided that RMC 7.04.151, Animal structures and runs requirements are met.

(1) Cattle, pigs or oxen, one acre each;

(2) Horses or ponies, one-half acre each;

(3) Sheep, goats or llamas, one-quarter acre each; provided, that un-weaned young will not be counted.

Example 1: The minimum land area required to maintain one goat and one horse shall be one acre. Though the sum of one-quarter acre for the goat and one-half acre for the horse equals three-quarters acre, the minimum land area to house any large domestic animal is one acre.

Example 2: The minimum land area to maintain one pig, one horse and two sheep is two acres. This sum is reached by adding one acre for the pig, one-half acre for the horse and one-quarter acre for each of the two sheep.

(H) Confinement. Adequate measures shall be taken to prevent animals from straying onto adjacent property. See Redmond Zoning Code Section 21.24.050, Electric, Barbed Wire and Swimming Pool Fences.

(I) Adequate measures shall be taken to properly dispose of animal wastes. Accumulation of animal waste shall be prohibited from being stored within the required thirty-foot animal shelter setback. (Ord. 2640 § 1 (part), 2011: Ord. 2596 § 2 (part), 2011; Ord. 1442 § 6, 1988).

7.04.160 License — Revocation, suspension or refusal to renew.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1371 § 1 (part), 1987).

7.04.170 License revocation or refusal — Waiting period.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1371 § 1 (part), 1987).

7.04.180 Enforcement power.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1371 § 1 (part), 1987).

7.04.190 Violations — Abatement and removal authority.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1408 § 5, 1988: Ord. 1371 § 1 (part), 1987).

7.04.200 Nuisances defined — Violations to be abated.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1408 § 6, 1988; Ord. 1371 § 1 (part), 1987).

7.04.210 Impounding.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1990 § 1, 1998; Ord. 1878 § 1, 1996; Ord. 1704 § 15, 1992: Ord. 1408 § 7, 1988; Ord. 1371 § 1 (part), 1987).

7.04.220 Redemption procedures.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1704 § 16, 1992: Ord. 1371 § 1 (part), 1987).

7.04.225 Waiver of fees and penalties.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1408 § 8, 1988).

7.04.230 Cruelty violations declared unlawful.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1371 § 1 (part), 1987).

7.04.235 Sale of unaltered pet.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1704 § 17, 1992)

7.04.240 Abatement — Commencement, notice and order, service standards.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1704 § 18, 1992; Ord. 1371 § 1 (part), 1987).

7.04.250 Appeal — Authority.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1371 § 1 (part), 1987).

7.04.260 Appeal — Form.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1371 § 1 (part), 1987).

7.04.270 Appeal — Scheduling.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1371 § 1 (part), 1987).

7.04.280 Appeal — Appellant action.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1371 § 1 (part), 1987).

7.04.290 Failure to file.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1371 § 1 (part), 1987).

7.04.300 Stay of enforcement.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1371 § 1 (part), 1987).

7.04.310 Criminal penalty.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1704 § 19, 1992: Ord. 1408 § 11, 1988: Ord. 1371 § 1 (part), 1987).

7.04.320 Civil penalty.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1704 § 20, 1992: Ord. 1371 § 1 (part), 1987).

7.04.330 Nuisances.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1408 § 9, 1988; Ord. 1371 § 1 (part), 1987).

7.04.335 Dangerous dogs — Registration, prohibitions, etc.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1408 § 10, 1988).

7.04.340 Personal obligations.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1371 § 1 (part), 1987).

7.04.350 Costs of enforcement action.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1371 § 1 (part), 1987).

7.04.360 Additional enforcement.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1371 § 1 (part), 1987).

7.04.370 Contract with county.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1371 § 1 (part), 1987).

7.04.400 Mandatory spaying and neutering.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1704 § 21, 1992).

7.04.410 Spay/neuter vouchers.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1704 § 22, 1992).

7.04.500 Euthanasia rate targets.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1704 § 23, 1992).

7.04.510 Advertisement of unaltered pet.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1704 § 24, 1992).

7.04.520 Rabies vaccine.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1704 § 25, 1992).

7.04.530 Exemptions.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1704 § 26, 1992).

7.04.540 Release from confinement.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1704 § 27, 1992).

7.04.550 Monitoring.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1704 § 28, 1992).

7.04.600 King County chapters adopted by reference.

Repealed by Ord. 2536. (Ord. 1704 § 26, 1992).