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A. Defined. Domestic animals and livestock as defined per 20.150.040 are allowed for hobby and personal use purposes within all zoning districts subject to the standards in Subsections B – F below, in addition to any applicable requirements of VMC Section 8.20 (Nuisances) and 8.24 (Animals).

B. General Requirements.

1. Domestic Animals. The keeping of domestic animals shall comply with all requirements of this section and all requirements of VMC 8.20 and 8.24, as noted above.

2. Large Livestock. The keeping of livestock that will weigh more than 500 pounds at maturity requires a minimum lot size of one acre for the first animal. For each additional animal, an additional contiguous 10,000 square feet must be available. The minimum one acre lot may include a normally permitted residence, provided that at least 1/2 acre is still available for livestock use.

3. Small Livestock. The keeping of livestock that will weigh 100-500 pounds at maturity will require a minimum lot size of 1/2 acre for the first animal. For each additional such animal, an additional contiguous 5,000 square feet must be available. The minimum half acre lot may include a normally permitted residence, provided that at least ¼ acre is available for livestock use.

4. Miniature Livestock. Miniature livestock, such as certain breeds of mini-goats and mini-horses, that will weigh under 100 pounds at maturity are considered domestic animals. The combined total of all miniature animals and dogs on a single premises shall not be more than three, unless the lot size requirements for small livestock specified above are met.

5. Poultry and Rabbits. The keeping of chickens, ducks, geese, domesticated hare or rabbit, and similar animals is permitted with no required minimum lot size. No turkeys, peacocks, or roosters are permitted.

6. Livestock facilities. Barns, sheds, and shelters used to house livestock shall be located in the rear yard and meet the same side and rear yard setbacks as the primary residence. Doorways and other openings shall be oriented away from neighboring properties. Livestock shall be confined or tethered in such a manner that intrusion on to neighboring property or damage to neighboring landscaping and fences is avoided. Such facilities shall be included in lot coverage percentage calculations.

C. Exceptions to Swine Prohibition. Notwithstanding the above prohibition of swine, the keeping of that type of swine commonly referred to as Miniature Vietnamese, Chinese or Oriental pot-bellied pig (sus scrofa vittatus) is allowed, subject to the following conditions:

1. The maximum height of the swine may be no more than eighteen 18” at the shoulder and weight shall be no more than 95 pounds;

2. The swine must have been spayed or neutered prior to entry into the City;

3. Registration, vaccination and other requirements as set forth in Section 8.24.022 VMC must be met; and

4. No more than two such pigs shall be kept at any one address for any period in excess of three calendar days.

D. Lot size exceptions. The minimum lot size does not apply to miniature livestock, as addressed above in VMC 20.895.050(B)(4) or Miniature Vietnamese, Chinese or Oriental pot-bellied pig (sus scrofa vittatus), as defined above in VMC 20.895.050(C).

E. Off-site impacts. The keeping of domestic animals or livestock shall comply with all of the applicable requirements of Chapter 20.935 VMC, Off-Site Impacts.

F. Other Requirements.

1. The raising and keeping of animals is also subject to VMC Section 8.20 (Nuisances) and 8.24 (Animals).

2. The raising and keeping of domestic animals for commercial purposes is prohibited. Commercial purposes does not include incidental sale of livestock off-spring, milk, or eggs subject to Washington State health and agricultural regulations.

3. The keeping of four or more dogs, which are 5 months old or older constitutes a Kennel and must meet requirements of 20.895.020. Excludes veterinary clinics, animal hospitals and dog day care. (Ord. M-3959 § 43, 07/19/2010; Ord. M-3643, 01/26/2004)