Sacramento County zoning ordinances determine if you can keep chickens or roosters on your property in the unincorporated areas of Sacramento County. These can be found within the Sacramento County Zoning Code.
What is a Zoning ordinance?
Counties adopt zoning ordinance (rules) to designate how land can be used. Zoning ordinances are designed to protect property owner rights and private property values by ensuring standards for public health, safety and welfare are in place. For many property owners, zoning's primary benefit is ensuring that potentially harmful, incompatible uses of neighboring properties will not threaten the value of their properties and their legitimate uses.
Can I keep chickens or roosters on my residential zoned property for personal use or consumption?
Why chickens and/or roosters are considered a problem?
1A Rooster Ordinance is in effect governing how many roosters you can own on your property. For details, view frequently asked questions.
2Single family homes under 10,000 square feet may apply for a "conditional use permit" to keep chickens or roosters as a hobby for personal use or food; however there is a cost for the use permit application and applications are not guaranteed to be approved. Contact the Planning Department Public Information Officer at (916) 874-6221 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.