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A. The keeping of livestock as an accessory use must meet the following conditions:

1. A minimum lot size of forty thousand (40,000) square feet for every four (4) animals. One additional animal is permitted for each ten thousand (10,000) square feet of lot area in excess of forty thousand (40,000) square feet.

2. Small livestock, including but not limited to sheep, goats, and swine, shall be kept on a minimum lot size of twenty thousand (20,000) square feet for every four (4) animals. One additional animal is permitted for each five thousand (5,000) square feet of lot area in excess of twenty thousand (20,000) square feet.

3. Suitable structures or fences shall be provided to comply with applicable regulations and controls to restrain animals from leaving the premises.

4. The lot upon which the animals are kept shall be maintained in a sanitary condition and shall be free of objectionable noises and odors.

5. Animals shall be contained on the lot owned or leased by the animal owner.

6. Animals shall be maintained in a humane manner and condition.

7. All livestock, large or small, shall be kept away from critical area buffers associated with wetlands, streams, rivers, lakes, and habitat conservation areas.

8. All shelter buildings, including stables, barns, aviaries, and coops that are in excess of one hundred (100) square feet, shall be kept a minimum setback sixty (60) feet from any property line.

B. The keeping of fowl, rabbits, or similar mammals raised for domestic, noncommercial use shall be permitted on lot sizes smaller than twenty thousand (20,000) square feet provided:

1. The minimum lot size shall be no less than five thousand (5,000) square feet.

2. All animals kept outside shall be cooped or kept in hutches, pens, or appropriate enclosures that have a minimum setback of ten (10) feet from all property lines.

3. A total of no more than five (5) female fowl, weighing less than five (5) pounds shall be kept on a single lot between five thousand (5,000) and nineteen thousand, nine hundred, and ninety-nine (19,999) square feet. No fowl shall be kept on lots less than five thousand (5,000) square feet.

4. It shall be unlawful for any person to harbor a rooster on any lot in the City.

C. The keeping of a Potbelly Pig (Sus scrofa bittatus) in the City as a household pet:

1. The type of swine commonly known as the Vietnamese, Chinese, or Asian Potbelly Pig (Sus scrofa bittatus) is not subject to the small livestock requirements. A Potbelly Pig may be kept as a household pet, provided that no swine is greater than twenty-two (22) inches in height at the shoulder or more than one hundred fifty (150) pounds in weight. Multi dwelling units are prohibited from housing Potbelly Pigs.

2. No more than one (1) Potbelly Pig may be kept as a household pet.

D. Beekeeping shall follow these additional requirements pursuant to the Land Use Code, SMC Title 14:

1. Beekeepers shall register with the State Department of Agriculture as provided by law.

2. Beehives shall not be kept for commercial purposes (i.e., for the purpose of selling honey).

3. No more than four hives, each with only one swarm, shall be kept upon a City lot.

4. Beehives will be located either twenty-five (25) feet or more away from any property line, or the hives will be elevated on a platform not less than eight (8) feet above grade, or a solid fence, six (6) feet in height, will be provided along any property line less than twenty-five (25) feet from the hive.

5. Colonies shall be re-queened following any swarming or aggressive behavior.

6. Abandoned colonies, diseased bees, or bees living in trees, buildings, or any other space except in movable–frame hives shall constitute a public nuisance, and shall be abated immediately. (Ord. 1915, 1999; Ord. 2193, 2010)

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