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Backyard Chicken Resources

Marin & Sonoma County Ordinances Regarding the Keeping of Fowl

Each city and town within Marin and Sonoma County have different city ordinances pertaining to the keeping of fowl. It is important to know your zoning and possible set-back requirements and flock size allowed. Call to check at the phone numbers listed below for the cities listed. Generally cities allow 12 or fewer fowl and no roosters. Check with the county if you live in an unincorporated area.

Corte Madera (415) 927-5064 Petaluma (707) 778-4301
County of Marin (415) 499-6269 San Anselmo (415) 258-4616
County of Sonoma (707) 565-1900 San Rafael (415) 485-3085
Fairfax (415) 453-1584 Santa Rosa (707) 543-3223
Healdsburg (707) 431-3300 Sonoma (707) 938-3681
Larkspur (415) 927-5038 Windsor (707) 838-1021
Novato (415) 899-8989

Resource Materials

Many of these are at your local library:

  • The Joy of Keeping Chickens by Jennifer Megyesi
  • Story Guide to Raising Chickens by Gail Damerow
  • Chicken Health Book by Gail Damerow
  • Chicken Coops: 45 Building Plans by Judy Pangman
  • Raising Chickens the Modern Way by Leonard Mercia
  • Chickens in Your Backyard by Rick & Gail Luttman
  • Keep Chickens! by Barbara Kilarski

Marin & Sonoma Feed Stores

Local sources for chicks and pullets:


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