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City Releases Proposed Ordinance Changes for Backyard Farm Animals

Niman Ranch Hogs

The City of Alameda is hosting a community meeting to discuss regulatory changes regarding backyard farm animals. (Niman Ranch)

Today, the City of Alameda released proposed ordinance changes to support the keeping of backyard farm animals in Alameda, in advance of a public meeting this Thursday evening at the main Alameda Library.

The proposal would see some changes to existing municipal code, and the introduction of new code to explicitly support the backyard husbandry of animals such as sheep and goats.

For example, whereas current code says nothing about goats and sheep, the city is proposing to allow the keeping of three head of either animal, with purchased permits.

The code for keeping swine would be adjusted from five head permitted, to only two head, limited to 150 lbs each, and the animals must be spayed or neutered.

The proposal also speaks to limits for chickens, rabbits and bees.

Thursday’s meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

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