Chickens & Small Animal Permits
The City now allows the keeping of the below listed domestic animals in single household zones, with the approval of a Special Use Permit, processed through our Development Application (pdf) with an accompanying fee of $45. (See the reverse side for other items required with the application materials).
- The keeping of up to 6 chicken hens
- Vietnamese pot bellied pigs
- Beehives for domesticated honeybees
- Any dwarfed hoofed animal
- Pigeon coops
- Rabbits and or chinchillas
Please submit a sketch of the property where the chickens will reside to include dimensions and property lines, along with any fences and structures on the property.
A special use permit requires a neighborhood meeting, hosted at the City Planning offices, and could include a Planning Commission Hearing if neighbors raise concerns with the permit application. Planning Commission meets on the first Wednesday of every month, so depending on scheduling the entire process generally takes between 45 and 60 days to complete.
The special use permit is typically valid for 5 years after approval (unless special conditions are applied by the Planning Commission), and no annual fee is required. Upon the end of the term, the applicant may reapply for the Special Use Permit.
For more information on Chickens & Small Animal Permits requirements and regulations, please see our Chicken Brochure (pdf).