Long Beach, CA
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File #: 20-0404    Version: 1 Name: DS - Regulation of household pets that may be kept by a residential household
Type: Ordinance Status: Adopted
File created: 4/24/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: 5/12/2020 Final action: 5/12/2020
Title: Recommendation to receive supporting documentation into the record, conclude the public hearing, and find the project exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act in accordance with Article 5, Section 15061; Declare ordinance amending Title 6 of the Long Beach Municipal Code (“Animals”) to incorporate provisions relating to the number, and maintenance, of household pets that may be kept by a residential household, read the first time and laid over to the next regular meeting of the City Council for final reading;
Attachments: 1. 051220-H-9sr&att.pdf
TITLE
Recommendation to receive supporting documentation into the record, conclude the public hearing, and find the project exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act in accordance with Article 5,
Section 15061;

Declare ordinance amending Title 6 of the Long Beach Municipal Code (“Animals”) to incorporate provisions relating to the number, and maintenance, of household pets that may be kept by a residential household, read the first time and laid over to the next regular meeting of the City Council for final reading;

DISCUSSION
On January 21, 2019, the City Council directed staff to prepare an Ordinance increasing the number of allowable household pets from four to six. The proposed change is part of the recommended regulatory changes supporting the Long Beach Animal Care Services (LBACS) implementation of the Compassions Saves operational model that calls for proactively managing the number of dogs and cats in the City’s care. Matters related to animal care are not generally established within the Zoning Code. However, the standards related to the number of household pets is currently set forth within Zoning Code (Title 21) of the Long Beach Municipal Code (LBMC). In accordance with the LBMC, the Planning Commission considered the proposed Zoning Code Amendment at a public hearing on February 20, 2020, and recommended (with two Commissioners absent - 5-0) that the City Council approve the proposed Zoning Code Amendments (Attachment A - Findings).

Amend and Relocate Household Pet Regulations

The LBMC, Section 21.51.210, establishes a limitation on household pets to no more than four weaned household pets allowed at one site. The proposed amendment repeals the regulations of household pets within Title 21 of the Zoning Code.

The proposed amendment adds new regulations pertaining to the number of household pets to Title 6, under Chapter 6.16, Animal Regulation. The regulation of household pets is primarily a licensing matter, as opposed to an i...

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