The City of Long Beach invited residents to share their thoughts on raising backyard livestock and potential changes to the City's laws on chickens, goats and bees in residential areas.

The first public meeting was held on Monday, June 11. The second meeting was held on Thursday, June 14. The same content was discussed at both meetings, with a turnout of 70 residents.
Public feedback gathered at these two meetings was presented to the City Council's
Environmental Committee and addressed at the City Council Meeting on July 16, 2013. The proposed changes were not put into effect, and the current rules still apply.

City of Long Beach

Current and proposed policies on the keeping of backyard chickens, goats and bees




  • Up to 20 may be kept at least 50 feet from 1 and 2 family residences or 100 feet from multi-family (3+) residences or hotels
  • 1 chicken may be kept as pet at least 20 feet from any dwelling
  • Up to 4 may be kept 10 feet from neighboring residence
  • 5 to 10 may be kept at least 35 feet from neighboring residence
  • 11 to 20 may be kept at least 50 feet from neighboring residence
  • 5 or more must obtain one-time permit from Animal Care Services


  • No more than 1 may be kept at least 100 feet from neighboring residences
  • May not be kept south of Anaheim Street
  • 2 female pygmy goats (only) may be kept without required distance from neighboring residences
  • Must be licensed annually by Animal Care Services
  • Milk products produced are for personal consumption only


  • Hives must be kept at least 100 feet from neighboring residences and public ways (streets and alleys).
  • Must be kept 10 feet above ground
  • Up to 5 hives may be kept at least 5 feet from property line
  • If a hive is less than 15 feet from a property line, a flyway barrier of at least 6 feet high must be maintained around the hive
  • Hives must be registered with Los Angeles County Department of Agriculture

For more information, contact Larry Rich, Sustainability Coordinator 562.570.5839