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New Denver FPA Ordinance

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The city’s outline of the new ordinance.
The City Council bill.
The changes to the Denver Zoning Code (look for section 11.8.5).

Here are the new rules in a nutshell:

You can have up to 8 female chickens/ducks and up to 2 female or neutered male dwarf dairy goats (plus any of their offspring up to 6 months of age) with a simple license from Animal Care and Control. The license is called a “Restricted Livestock or Fowl License.” Click here to read more about getting a license.

In order to meet the guidelines for the license, you must:

  • Keep the animals in the rear 50% of your zone lot. This applies to both the animal shelters and the roaming space for the animals.
  • Provide an adequate shelter for your animals. In the case of fowl, their nighttime shelter must be predator proof. Additional guidelines as to what constitutes “adequate” shelter will be coming from Animal Control; in the meantime, you can learn more here. Note: If your animal shelter is permanently affixed to the ground, you need to get a zoning permit and may need to follow additional rules regarding setbacks, permeable space, etc.
  • Have at least 16 square feet of permeable (ground) space per fowl; at least 130 square feet of permeable space per dwarf goat.
  • All animal structures must be at least 15 feet from a neighbor’s dwelling. This is not 15 feet from the property line; it is 15 feet (corner-to-corner) from a neighbor’s dwelling.
  • Adequate fencing must be provided to sufficiently contain the animals and keep them from roaming at large. Note: If you construct a fence that is 4 feet or taller, you will need to get a zoning permit.
  • Goats must be either Nigerian Dwarf or African Pygmy breeds.
  • Any goat kids older than 6 weeks must be wethered.
  • No male fowl allowed.

If you want more or different animals than are listed above (i.e. 9 chickens, or a rooster or an alpaca) than you need to go through the dual permitting process for a Zoning Use Permit and an Animal Control Livestock Permit.

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