Roosters in the Urban Unincorporated Area
The Washington County Board of Commissioners is currently considering an ordinance that would regulate the keeping of roosters and male peacocks within the urban unincorporated area of the county. Details of the draft ordinance are provided below.
|Ord#||Description||Board of Commissioners Meeting(s)||Staff Contact|
|777||Ordinance No. 777 proposes to amend the County Code Title 6 Animals to prohibit the keeping of roosters, male peacocks and other male fowl known for its loud call by residents inside the urban growth boundary but outside of cities.||
Public Hearing at 10:00 a.m. April 1, 2014
Public Services Building, Auditorium
|Tom Harry, Sr. Planner (503) 846-4875|
On October 22, 2013, the Board of County Commissioners continued the action on the potential ordinance that would regulate the keeping of roosters and male peacocks within the urban unincorporated area of the county until its first Tuesday meeting in April 2014. Board members expressed an interest in learning more about how the ordinance would be implemented and providing more information to the public on this issue before taking further action. Any additional information on this proposed ordinance will be available at this website in the coming months.
When would the ordinance take effect?
If adopted by the Board of County Commissioners, the proposed ordinance would take effect 30 days after it is approved. At least one public hearing must be held prior to Board action on this proposed ordinance. Check back to this page periodically for hearing dates.
What parts of the county are considered urban unincorporated areas?
The urban unincorporated area of Washington County lies within the urban growth boundary but outside of city boundaries. Residents can determine whether a property is within the urban unincorporated area. Follow the instructions below.
- Click the InterMap link: http://washims.co.washington.or.us/InterMap/
- Enter address
- Select address from the list
- Click "Districts Overlay Information," then
- Look at "Jurisdiction" line near top of page
What are the rules regarding roosters in other jurisdictions?
Some cities within Washington County have rules prohibiting roosters within some or all of their boundaries:
Are there rules about roosters and chickens in the rural areas of Washington County?
Roosters are allowed in the rural areas of Washington County. Chicken coops or other structures larger than 51 square feet holding poultry or livestock must be located in a side or rear yard at least 30 feet from any property line and at least 100 feet from any neighbor's dwelling.
Where should complaints be made, once the ordinance is in effect?
Residents are encouraged to problem solve with their neighbors to address issues with noisy animals and other nuisances. If a resolution cannot be reached and when the ordinance is in effect, residents may then contact the Sheriff's Office non-emergency line at (503) 629-0111.