Following you will find the LA regulations dealing with animals.
Chickens are not a problem as long as they are 20' away from your
house and 35' away from your neighbor's house and you have a license
Keep Backyard Chickens With Class in MOTHER'S Mini-coop
Chickens in the City
Chicken (and Dog) Regulations for Selected Cities
Los Angeles, CA: Up to three
"Chickens may not be within 20 feet of owner's residence, and must be
at least 35 feet from any other dwelling."
Title 10 ANIMALS
Chapter 10.28 LICENSES FOR OTHER ANIMALS
10.28.060 License -- Required for certain activities and animals --
certain animals exempt.
A license is not required for the keeping of the following animals for
personal use [chickens not on list]:
5. Gopher snakes;
6. Guinea pigs;
9. King snakes;
10. Marmoset monkeys;
11. Mynah birds;
12. Parrots, parakeets, amazons, cockatiels, cockatoos, lories,
lorikeets, love birds, macaws, and similar birds of the psittacine
15. Squirrel monkeys;
16. Steppe eagles;
19. White doves;
20. Tropical fish excluding caribe;
21. Domesticated mice and rats.
City of Los Angeles DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL REGULATION
40.03-Exceptions page 19
(b)-No person shall keep any rabbit, hare, chicken, rooster, gamecock,
turkey, guineahen, peacock, goose, duck, pheasant or other fowl
(except pigeons) closer than the following distances:
1. Within 20 feet of the dwelling or residence of the owner of
said animals or poultry.
2. Within 35 feet of any other dwelling, residence or living
quarters provided that any crowing rooster, gamecock, turkey,
guineahen, peacock, goose, duck or other fowl capable of loud crowing
or like noise, shall not be kept within 100 feet of any dwelling,
residence or living quarters of persons other than their owner.
PET LICENSES [look for your zip code]
Contact your local animal service for more info:
Additional Link of Interest
I hope this helps. If you have any questions, please post a
clarification request and wait for me to respond before closing/rating
my answer. I haven't been able to confirm the limit of three chickens
as suggested in the Mother Earth News article, so I would suggest
phoning your local animal service before reducing the number.
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