Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Chino Hills, CA



This section establishes regulations to allow animal raising as an accessory use to a primary single dwelling unit. Combinations of the animal types are allowed, provided:
The total number in each category is not exceeded.
Where a density ratio of animals per lot area is specified, the lot area or portion of such lot area shall be allocated only once, to either a primary or accessory animal raising use. Lot area used to qualify one animal type shall not be reused to allow another animal type.
Animal types which are limited only by a maximum number per lot are allowed in addition to any other accessory or primary animal raising use.
For the purpose of this section, lots with attached multiple residential structures shall be limited to those animals allowed by Section 6.12.060 (a) and (b) for lots less than seven thousand two hundred (7,200) square feet.
All animal raising land uses shall comply with public health laws regarding proper care and maximum number of animals.
Each animal raising land use includes all structures necessary to maintain and care for such animals (e.g., bar, corral, stable, pens, and coops). Such structures shall comply with all development standards including those specified by the land use district and this chapter.
(Ord. 92-16 § 1 (part))
All animals, other than cats, dogs, canaries, birds of the psitacinae family or horses, shall be maintained at least seventy (70) feet, measured in a straight line, from any structure or area used for human habitation or public assembly (e.g., parks, churches, etc.) on adjoining property. Horses shall be maintained at least thirty (30) feet, measured in a straight line, from any structure or area used for human habitation or public assembly on adjoining property. The area of human habitation shall not include cabanas, patios, attached or detached private garages, or storage buildings. Notwithstanding the above, if any structure or area used for human habitation or public assembly is, or at any time was, constructed on property adjoining property on which horses are maintained ("horse property") subsequent to the maintenance of horses on such horse property, the maintenance of horses on such horse property shall be a legal, nonconforming use of property subject to the provisions set forth in Chapter 16.82 of the Chino Hills Municipal Code for the regulation of legal, nonconforming uses (in the same manner as legal, nonconforming uses of structures or buildings are regulated as set forth in Section 16.82.020, except subsections B and D of Section 16.82.020). The intent of the immediately preceding sentence is to allow the owners or possessors of horse property to continue to maintain horses even though structures or areas used for human habitation or public assembly were subsequently located within the setback area.
Such animals shall maintain a clearance of at least five feet from interior side and rear property lines, and fifteen (15) feet from side street rights-of-way, excepting an alley or bridle path, unless they comply with the following subsection C below.
Animal Enclosure. Animals may be maintained by a fence at least five feet high and made of either chain link, wood with horizontal members no less than six inches apart, solid masonry, or other appropriate solid screening and confining materials. Such a fence may be located on an interior side or rear lot line and fifteen (15) feet from a side street right-of-way.
(Ord. 84 § 4, 1996; Ord. 92-16 § 1 (part))
Accessory animal raising of densities greater than or of animal types different from those specified by this chapter shall be subject to a special use permit (e.g., educational animal projects or temporary grazing operations), in accordance with the provisions of the San Bernardino County Code as such provisions were incorporated by reference into the Chino Hills Municipal Code by city Ordinances 91-01 and 92-02.
(Ord. 92-16 § 1 (part))
Offspring of animals maintained in accordance with applicable laws and regulations which are less than four months old or which have not been weaned, whichever is longer, of any animals which are maintained in compliance with the provisions of this code and any other applicable laws, ordinances, and regulations shall not be subject to the maximum density or number limitations established by this title.
(Ord. 92-16 § 1 (part))
Animals which are normally maintained in aquariums, terrariums, vivariums, bird cages, or similar devices each of which does not exceed fifty (50) cubic feet and where such devices are maintained within an enclosed building shall be allowed as an accessory animal raising use. The maximum number or density limitations for these animal types shall comply with public health regulations.
(Ord. 92-16 § 1 (part))
Animal TypeMinimum Lot AreaMaximum Density or Number
(a)A combination of dogs and/or cats10,000 sq. ft.
20,000 sq. ft. or more
* Seven or more dogs and/or cats require a special use permit (SUP) and a public health permit.
(b)A combination of
chickens or
similar fowl
(hens only),
rabbits or other similar small animals
Less Than
7,200 sq. ft.
,200 sq. ft.
10,000 sq. ft.
20,000 sq. ft. or more

2/lot or unit
1/2,000 sq. ft.
Maximum 9 of each species per lot
(c)Male Fowl1 acreMaximum 9 per lot but no more than 2 of any species
(d)Sheep and/or
Goat (Female)
Goat (Male)
7,200 sq. ft.
7,200 sq. ft.
20,000 sq. ft.
1/5,000 sq. ft.
(Cumulative total of sheep and goats is 9 per lot.)
(e)Cattle, Buffalo, Horses, or similar large domesticated animals20,000 sq. ft. with 60 ft. minimum frontage1/10,000 sq. ft.; Maximum 9
(Cumulative total of all large domesticated animals is 9/lot.)
  NOTE: Matrices for primary animal raising for a specific land use district apply where the animal raising is a primary use as opposed to an accessory use.
(Ord. 92-16 § 1 (part))


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