Table 18.20.050: General Requirements for Domestic Pets, Large and Small Animals
Land Use District (Zone)
Maximum Number of Animals Allowed
All lots within single-family residential zones with less than 20,000 square feet.
1. Four adult dogs or four adult cats.a
2. Any number of household pets, excluding cats and dogs.b
3. Two potbelly pigs.c
4. Two animal units per 20,000 square feet.f,h,i
5. Twenty-five rabbits, chickens (poultry, excluding roosters) and other household pets.b,g
All lots within single-family residential zones with 20,000 square feet or more.
1. Eight adult pets (dogs or cats).d
2. Any number of pets, excluding cats and dogs.b
3. Four potbelly pigs.e
4. Two large animals per 20,000 square feet.f,h,i
5. Fifty rabbits, chickens (poultry) and other household pets.b,g
Friday, February 10, 2012
18.20.050 Specific development standards for residential districts.
B. Agricultural and Animal Uses.
1. Applicability. All agricultural and animal keeping uses conducted shall comply with the provisions of this section in addition to the applicable provisions of the zone district in which the use is located.
2. Domestic Pets and Large Animals.
a. The noncommercial keeping of dogs, cats, domestic equines, bovines, swine, llamas, alpacas, rabbits, chicken (poultry) and similar pets or agricultural animals as listed in this subsection shall be permitted so long as the minimum requirements in Table 18.20.050 (General Requirements for Domestic Pets, Large and Small Animals) are met.
a. Allows for a combination of both cats and dogs but not exceeding four animals total.
b. Household pets include tropical fish, pet rats and mice, birds or similar small pets (excluding dogs, cats and potbelly pigs).
c. Allows a combination of cats, dogs and potbelly pigs not to exceed a total of four pets, such as two cats, one dog, and one potbelly pig, or any combination thereof.
d. Requires lot size of at least 20,000 square feet, otherwise the total shall not exceed those allowed in footnote a.
e. Allows a combination of cats, dogs and potbelly pigs not to exceed a total of eight pets, such as two cats, two dogs, and two pigs, or any combination thereof.
f. Minimum lot area of 20,000 square feet; and provided, however, that two animal units may be kept on the first 20,000 square feet of lot area and one additional animal unit may be kept on each additional half-acre of lot area, subject to this chapter.
g. Twenty thousand square foot minimum lot with at least 100 feet in width, and a maximum of 50 animals per 20,000 square feet in any combination of species may be kept, provided the total number kept does not exceed 500 animals.
h. A “large animal” is defined as one equine, one bovine, one swine, one llama, or one alpaca, as well as two miniature horses, two sheep, or two goats.
i. The offspring of permitted adult animal units shall not be counted in determining the permitted number of animal units allowed on a lot, if such offspring do not exceed one year of age for equines, bovines, swine, llamas, and alpacas.
b. All pets and animals must be provided with adequate food, water, and proper shelter adequate in size to house the animal during periods of inclement weather (for large animal requirements see subsection (B)(3)(a)(vii) of this section).
3. Additional Standards for the Keeping of Large Animals, Which Include Domestic Equines, Bovines, Swine, Llamas, and Alpacas.
a. The noncommercial keeping of equines, bovines, swine, llamas, and alpacas is permitted in all single-family residential zoning and land use districts, subject to the following provisions:
i. The minimum lot area requirement of 20,000 square feet shall not include the “arm” or narrow access drive of a flag lot or other unusable areas (e.g., steeply sloped) of the lot where animal-keeping is not feasible, and shall not be included in the calculation of the required 20,000 square foot lot area.
ii. Open corrals and enclosures shall be located and maintained no less than 10 feet to any side or rear property line.
iii. Open corrals and enclosures may be located in the front yard if located at least 50 feet from the front property line.
iv. Barns and related structures shall be consistent with the regulations for accessory structures in the residential zoning districts.
v. Front, side, and rear yard areas may be used for pasture area and shall be maintained in a sanitary and orderly condition.
vi. Adequate and durable fencing necessary to keep the animals from escaping the property shall be required.
vii. All animals identified in this section must be provided with food, water, and proper shelter adequate in size to house the animal during periods of inclement weather. Adequate size shall mean room enough for all of the ability for the animal(s) being kept, including the ability for the animal to turn around inside of the shelter. The shelter must be roofed with a solid material that can withstand the elements known to Calimesa, such as wind, rain, occasional periods of snow, as well as hot weather.
b. Nonprofit educational animal-keeping organizations may be located in the O-S-R, R-E, and R-R land use districts, subject to the approval of a conditional use permit. The scope and scale of the use, including, but not limited to, the number of animals, the number of participants, the location of the use on the property, availability of parking for participants, and hours of operation, shall be subject to review and approval by the planning commission through the conditional use permit process.
4. Additional Standards for Keeping Rabbits, Chickens (Poultry) and Other Small Animals.
a. Animals in this category numbering from one to 10 shall be kept, fed and maintained not less than 20 feet from any property line unless a minor development plan review (MDPR) approval is obtained from the city with consent from the adjacent property owners. However, the distance criteria shall be re-established upon new construction of residential dwellings on the adjacent lots.
b. Animals in this category numbering 11 or more shall be kept, fed and maintained not less than 50 feet from any property line unless a minor development plan review (MDPR) approval is obtained from the city with consent from the adjacent property owners. However, the distance criteria shall be re-established upon new construction of residential dwellings on the adjacent lots.