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Article IV. - Domestic Animal Keeping.permanent link to this piece of content


It is unlawful for any person to keep or maintain within the city, or permit to be kept or maintained within the city, or permit to be kept or maintained upon land belonging to such person, any cattle, horses, swine, sheep, goats, geese, ducks, turkeys, roosters and other poultry and game birds, except as specifically permitted under provisions of this chapter.
(Ord. No. 1323, (part).)
For the purposes of this article only, certain words and phrases used in this article are defined as follows:
"Animal control officer" means the chief of the animal control division of Yolo County or any person acting in accordance with the instructions of the chief of animal control or any agent or agency authorized to act by the Yolo County board of supervisors in the enforcement of laws dealing with animals.
"Animal Enclosures." For purposes of this chapter, enclosures include but are not limited to, pens, paddocks, corrals, stalls, stables, barns, feeding/protective shelters or any other facilities within which animals are permanently kept or which are intended primarily for the keeping of animals.
"Health department" means the health department of the county of Yolo.
"Health officer" means the health officer of Yolo County or other person duly authorized by the health officer to act on his/her behalf.
"Nuisance" shall be understood to mean anything which is injurious to health, or an obstruction to the free use of property, so as to interfere with the comfortable enjoyment of life or property.
"Owner" means a person, who possesses, has title to or an interest in, keeps or has control, custody or possession of an animal.
"Person" includes any person, firm, association, organization, partnership, business trust, corporation or company.
"Veterinarian" means a person licensed by the state of California to practice veterinary medicine.
(Ord. No. 1323, (part).)
It is unlawful for any person to keep or maintain within the city, or permit to be kept or maintained upon land belonging to such person, any chickens, pigeons or rabbits except as follows:
A total of not more that six chicken hens or six pigeons or a combination of chicken hens and pigeons not to exceed the number of six, or a total of not more than six rabbits may be kept and maintained in a clean and sanitary pen or structure, no part of which shall be located less than forty feet from any residence, other than a residence owned and occupied by the person owning or in possession of such animals; and, provided further, that the keeping of such animal shall not create a health or nuisance problem.
(Ord. No. 1323, (part).)
The keeping of the following described animals within the city may be permitted subject to a zoning administrator permit:
(a)
Animals for commercial, industrial or scientific purposes, in such numbers and of such types and under such conditions as will not be detrimental to the health, safety, comfort, convenience or welfare of persons residing or working in the neighborhood of such proposed keeping, and will not be detrimental to the public welfare or injurious to improvements in such neighborhood. Applications for such permissive keeping shall comply with Section 3-4-6, of this article, and be accompanied by a fee of fifty dollars ($50.00).
(b)
Chickens, pigeons, or rabbits, exceeding six in number and of such types and under such conditions as will not be detrimental to the health, safety, comfort, convenience or welfare of persons residing or working in the neighborhood of such proposed keeping and will not be detrimental to the public welfare or injurious to improvements in the neighborhood. Applications for such permissive keeping shall comply with Section 3-4-6 of this Article, and no application fee shall be required.
(c)
Pot-bellied pigs, pygmy goats, miniature horses, ponies and donkeys or other similar pygmy animals under such conditions as will not be detrimental to the health, safety, comfort, convenience or welfare of persons residing or working in the neighborhood of such proposed keeping, and will not be detrimental to the public welfare or injurious to improvements in such neighborhood. No more than three such pets or a combination thereof shall be permitted. Applications for such permissive keeping shall comply with Section 3-4-6 of this Article, and no application fee shall be required.

(Ord. No. 1323, (part).)
All animals and fowl kept within the city shall be kept in a sanitary condition and shall not create a health or nuisance problem.
(Ord. No. 1323, (part).)
The permissive keeping of animals as described in Section 3-4-4 shall be permitted as follows:
Submit application for zoning administrator permit and obtain approval. Applications for such permits shall require payment of processing fees if applicable. Following an investigation, public hearing and report of the zoning administrator, a permit may be issued with such conditions as deemed necessary to enforce the provisions of this chapter.

Zoning administrator permit applications shall include the following:
(a)
Physical Site Improvements. Site plan showing existing and proposed improvements including residence, property line fencing, accessory structures, enclosure location, animal shelters, pens, stables, etc.
(b)
Management Plan. The applicant's plans for animal waste management and/or disposal, waste water disposal, odor and vector control, dust, erosion and sedimentation control and other measures proposed by the applicant to insure that the animals will not be a nuisance to residents and other land uses in the vicinity.
(c)
Other. Such other and further information as is deemed necessary to administer the provisions of this chapter.

(Ord. No. 1323, (part).)
The permissive keeping of animals as defined in Section 3-4-4 shall be subject to the following minimum standards:
(a)
Fencing and Enclosure Regulations For Animals used for Commercial, Industrial or Scientific Purposes.
(1)
All animals shall be kept in an area which is fenced so as to prevent the animals from roaming and if in a residential zone such fenced area shall be wholly located within the rear yard of the site where the animals are kept.
(2)
No part of the fenced area shall be within seventy-five feet of any neighboring dwelling, school, church or health care facility, within a required side yard or front yard setback.
(3)
Within the fenced area, a shelter shall be provided of sufficient size to provide cover for the animals kept on the parcel. No part of the shelter shall be located within seventy-five feet of any neighboring dwelling, within the front yard setback, or within twenty feet of a side or rear property line.
(4)
Required fences and enclosures shall be maintained in good repair to protect animals from injury, restrict the entrance of other animals and prevent the escape of animals. All reasonable precautions shall be taken to protect the public from the animals and the animals from the public.
(5)
Enclosure areas shall be of sufficient size to provide adequate and proper housing so as to prevent overcrowding.
(b)
Required Management Practices.
1.
Wastewater disposal shall be provided in a manner approved by the health officer.
2.
Pastures and animal enclosures including but not limited to pens, barns, corrals, paddocks and feed areas shall be maintained free from excessive litter, garbage and the accumulation of manure, so as to discourage the proliferation of flies, other disease vectors and offensive odors. Sites shall be maintained in a neat and sanitary manner.
3.
In no case shall any person allow the keeping of animals to cause significant soil erosion, or to produce sedimentation on any public road, adjoining property, or in any drainage channel. In the event such sedimentation occurs, the keeping of animals outdoors on the site shall be deemed a nuisance and may be subject to abatement.
4.
Manure in excess of that which can be safely and sanitarily utilized on the premises shall be removed and shall not be allowed to accumulate.
5.
All animals shall be supplied with sufficient good and wholesome food and water as often as their feeding habits require.
6.
Animals shall be taken to a licensed veterinarian for examination and treatment if so ordered by the community development director or animal control officer.

(Ord. No. 1323, (part).)
(a)
If the permit holder fails to meet any of the zoning administrator permit conditions of approval or any other applicable regulations for the keeping animals the zoning administrator shall so notify the permit holder in writing within three calendar days of discovery of the failure to comply. The written notice shall advise the permit holder of any existing deficiency and the corrective measures that must be taken and completed to bring the site into compliance with the conditions or standards.
(b)
The permit holder shall be given no more than thirty calendar days and no less than fourteen calendar days to complete the corrective measures, except that if any deficiency threatens the health or welfare of the animal kept or of the public, such corrective measures shall be made immediately or no later than one day after the discovery of the deficiency.
(c)
Failure to correct the noted deficiencies as required shall be deemed failure to comply with the standards and conditions and shall be considered cause for revocation of the permit and considered cause for animal nuisance abatement.
(Ord. No. 1323, (part).)
Upon revocation of the permit the permit holder shall have fourteen calendar days in which to remove from the city or otherwise dispose of the animals kept pursuant to the permit or to appeal the decision of the zoning administrator. Should the owner fail to take such action, the zoning administrator shall have the authority to seize the animal and dispose of it in a manner provided by law.
(Ord. No. 1323, (part).)
All animals to be kept or kept pursuant to the zoning administrator permit shall be subject to visual inspection on the designated premises by the zoning enforcement officer or heath officer. Failure to allow visual inspection as required shall be deemed failure to comply with the requirements of this article and shall be considered cause for denial of application or for revocation of the permit.
(Ord. No. 1323, (part).)
Animals being lawfully kept prior to the adoption of this ordinance shall be allowed to remain until they are sold, moved, or have lived out their life. The zoning enforcement officer shall notify property owners regarding any known nonconfonning animals so that they will not be replaced or their numbers increased following the effective date of this chapter. Owners of nonconforming animals shall also be subject to the management practices of this chapter.
(Ord. No. 1323, (part).) 

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