LIVESTOCK, FOWL AND OTHER ANIMALS
A. "Large animal" means horse, cow, sheep, goat, donkey or similar animal which is normally
housed in a corral or stable.
B. "Small animal" means rabbit, hamster, guinea pig, mouse, white rat or similar animal that is
normally raised as a pet and housed in a cage or pen.
C. "Fowl" means chicken, duck, goose, turkey or other bird normally raised for meat or egg
D. "Birds" means canary, parakeet, finch, pigeon, dove or other bird normally raised as a
E. "Fish" means goldfish, tropical fish and other such fish customarily maintained in a household
aquarium, except piranhas.
F. "Reptiles and amphibians" means snakes, salamanders, lizards, frogs, toads, turtles and
tortoises, all nonpoisonous. (Prior code § 4.36)
G. “Wild or Exotic Animal” means any animal which occurs naturally in the State of California or cannot
be legally bought or sold in the State of California or requires special permitting by the California
Department of Fish and Game or the United States Department of Agriculture. (98-03)
6.20.020 Exemption from provisions.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to animals, fowl or birds under four months of age, or to
pet or animal shops or stores or for training or research purposes at educational institutions or
hospitals. (Prior code § 4.38)
6.20.030 Permitted number of animals.
A. The keeping of large animals shall be permitted only on a lot with a minimum net area of twenty
thousand square feet, with one animal allowed for the first twenty thousand square feet, and one for
each additional fifteen thousand square feet up to a maximum of four animals.
1. Large animals shall be kept in a fenced corral area of at least five hundred seventy-six square
feet for each animal. The corral and stable shall be located not less than fifty feet from all neighboring
6-13 2. An overhead cover to screen direct sunlight, wind and rain shall be provided to serve all of the
large animals which are maintained on the property; it shall be of such construction that it is waterproof
and will not be damaged by wind or rain.
3. Any effects such as odors, dust, and flies which may be created from the keeping of such animals
shall not be detectable from adjacent properties.
4. Animal stock shall not generate noise in a substantially continuous manner in the daytime or
nighttime to the annoyance of people within the neighborhood. Such a disturbance may be declared a
nuisance, which may be abated by the procedures provided in Chapter 6.12 of this code.
5. The enclosure and barn areas shall be of an appropriate size and type to accommodate the type
of animal, and shall be maintained in a neat and orderly manner.
B. Not more than three fowl (except as noted in Section 6.20.090) shall be kept or maintained on
any single-family residential property as defined in the zoning code of the city. There shall be no
prescribed limit to the number of birds (except pigeons), fish, reptiles, amphibians or small animals
permitted on any property, provided that such animals are not used for commercial purposes. Pigeons
shall be limited to twenty-four on any single-family residential property except as may otherwise be
allowed under Section 6.20.090. (87-10; prior code § 4.37)
6.20.040 Certain animals prohibited where.
No large animals, fowl, pigeons, or doves may be maintained in any residence in the city other than in a
single-family residence. (Prior code § 4.39)
6.20.050 Swine prohibited.
Under no circumstances shall any animal of the swine family be kept or maintained on any property in
the city. (Prior code § 4.40)
6.20.060 Roosters prohibited.
The provisions of Section 6.16.030 notwithstanding, under no circumstances shall any rooster be kept
or maintained on any property in the city. (Prior code § 4.41)
6.20.070 Dangerous animals prohibited.
No person shall own or keep any animal that is dangerous or a menace to the public or an individual.
Upon a finding by the court that such animal is dangerous or a menace, it is unlawful for any person to
keep, or cause to be kept, such animal within the city. Any license or permit pertaining to such animal
shall be revoked. Unless such animal is removed from the city within twenty-four (24) hours after the
court finds the animal to be dangerous or a menace, such animal shall be summarily destroyed by the
sheltermaster in accordance with State law. (98-03; Prior code § 4.42)
6.20.080 Wild animals--Prohibited.
Except as provided in Sections 6.20.030 and 6.20.090, no species of animals defined as wild or exotic
shall be kept or maintained on any property within the city. This section is to be construed liberally in
determining which animals fall within the prohibition. (98-03; Prior code § 4.44)
6.20.090 Wild animals--Permitted--Permit--Application.
A. The sheltermaster may issue a yearly permit for wild or exotic animals provided the owner or
custodian has all relevant permits from the California Department of Fish and Game and the United
States Department of Agriculture. The application for permit shall have attached thereto:
1. A veterinarian certificate attesting to the health of each animal;
2. A list of the type and number of animals to be covered by the permit;
3. Purpose of keeping such animals, with particular emphasis on the knowledge of such person
about the animals and experience of such person in handling the animals in question;
4. A detailed description of the quarters in which the animal will be kept;
5. Circumstances, if any, under which the animals will be removed from quarters;
6. Name and address of applicant and other person to be placed in charge of the animals;
7. Current California Fish and Game and United States Department of Agriculture Permits.
B. After review of all information available to him, including information on the permit application,
the sheltermaster may issue a permit for the keeping of such animals. The animals must not in the
opinion of the sheltermaster constitute a danger or nuisance to the general public. C. The permit may be issued for a period of one year upon payment of a fifty dollar ($50.00) fee.
Renewal permits need not be subject to the application procedures unless