Roosters ‘Grandfathered’ in under new Fowl Regulations

Roosters ‘Grandfathered’ in under new Fowl Regulations

City Council adopted updated regulations for chickens and roosters on August 3, 2012 that will affect residents on Finn Hill. While the primary focus of the new regulations were to allow greater flexibility for residents in the City to raise backyard chickens, the Planning Commission also discussed whether roosters should continue to be allowed. Before annexation, King County allowed up to 3 roosters on any size lot and Kirkland adopted similar regulations for the annexation area. However under the new regulations, roosters will now only be allowed on lots over 35,000 square feet, but those residents already owning a rooster on smaller lots will be allowed to keep their rooster. In other words, the City will grandfather in all existing roosters within the annexation area. In addition, the new regulations will allow up to 3 chickens on any size lot and one additional chicken for every 1,000 square feet of property over a minimum 5,000 square foot lot size. So a 10,000 square foot lot could have up to 8 chickens. Previously only 3 chickens were allowed in the annexation areas for lots under 35,000 square feet in size. The updated regulations will allow residents to own more chickens as long as they meet coop size and setback requirements. For more information see the City of Kirkland web site.

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