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Long Beach council gets proposed rules on chickens, goats and bees from committee

Urban gardener Theresa Johnson tends to her plants at Hudson Park in Long Beach, Calif. Johnson has been gardening at the site since 1975. Photo by Jeff Gritchen.

“There are just so many more issues with dogs and cats than there are goats. We want parity, not prejudice.”

By Eric Bradley
March 20, 2013


Updated rules on keeping chickens, goats and bees will go to the City Council following 16 months of discussions on expanding urban agriculture.

The changes, approved by the council’s Environmental Committee this week, lower space restrictions on keeping the permitted animals and in some cases ups the number that may be kept.

Currently, ordinances stipulate that the one goat allowed by law have a 100 foot separation area from people’s living quarters.

As many as 20 chickens can be on a property, but the coop must be 50 feet away from a house. The distance increases to 100 feet for a dwelling of three or more units.

Beehives must be 100 feet away from both houses and any public way, and the hives must be elevated 10 feet.

The proposed regulations would reduce the setback distances from homes for goats and chickens to 10 feet, while bees would be restricted to 10 feet from property lines. Rules mandate two goats only, since experts say single goats get lonely.

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