Livestock and Animal Keeping

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Keeping small livestock animals is a sustainable, healthy, and fun source of food. And it's legal! Follow these 4 easy steps to determine if you're eligible.

Step 1: Look Up Your Zoning

  • If you live in Estate or Rural Residential zoning, you can keep all types of small and large livestock, as well as bees following the regulations outlined in the Animal Keeping Code. If this applies to you, feel fee to ignore the following steps.
  • If you live any other Residential zoning, you may be able to keep small livestock with a livestock keeping permit. Small livestock includes chickens, ducks, rabbits, and pygmy/miniature goats. You can keep bees without a permit. If this applies to you, go to step 2.
  • Unsure of your zoning? Look up your address on this map.

Step 2: Look Up Your Lot Size

Animal Keeping Table

Step 3: Determine if you can meeting spacing and setback requirements.

  • Depending on which livestock you are keeping, you must provide adequate space. You also need to make sure that shelters for your livestock, such as chicken coops and rabbit hutches are the appropriate distance from neighboring property lines and homes.
  • If you are keeping small small livestock including chickens, ducks, rabbits, or miniature goats, you must meet two different setback requirements:
    • Animal shelters must be at least 10 feet from all neighboring property lines, except those abutting in the alleyway. If this is the case, the shelter can extend up to the property line.
    • Shelters must be at least 20 feet from neighboring homes.
  • Animal shelters must be located in the rear yard.

Step 4: Apply for a Permit

  • A permit is not required if only keeping bees.

Unless you live in Estate and Rural Residential zoning, a permit is required to keep backyard livestock. Find the application here. After applying, you'll receive a notice of approval within two weeks. To submit your application, please email a completed copy or mail to the following address:

City of Flagstaff Sustainability Section, 211 W Aspen Ave Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Site Drawing

A site drawing is required with permit applicated to demonstrate where an animal shelter will be located on your property. An example is shown below using a screenshot from google maps and a paint application. A hand-drawn version is acceptable as long as it demonstrates the proper location and setbacks.

Example Site Drawing

Site plan example

Full Animal Keeping Code

You can access a complete version of the Animal Keeping Code here

Helpful Resources

If you have additional questions about the Animal Keeping Code or permitting process please email Dylan Lenzen or call 928-213-2158.