Lions And Tigers And Bears Oh My

Dated: 05/24/2016

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Is the Urban Homesteader in you crying to be let out ?  Is the topic of a self sustaining home fascinating ?  Portland, Oregon is a great place to be.  Portland’s animal regulations allow for residents to raise animals and bees.  There are rules to be considered.  The City of Portland has it’s rules that are enforced by Multnomah County.  Neighborhood Associations may have their own additional rules.


At first glance, the rules are complicated.  For example: chickens are allowed and roosters are not.  Mason bees don’t require a permit but honey bees do.  Many of the rules stem from how your animals will or will not affect your neighbors. Roosters really do crow at dawn while their female counterparts are much more quiet.  Oregon native bees, Mason bees, do not sting people.  Honey bees can sting people.  Honey bees require a permit and there are additional rules as to the distance the hives can be located from streets or sidewalks. The issues to be addressed are cleanliness, odor, and noise.  Portland residents may have up to three small animals that are chickens, ducks, pigeons, pygmy goats or rabbits. No specialized permits are needed.  


For more than three animals you must obtain a permit from the County.  The permit is to ensure that the animals will have proper shelter and stay on the property.  Small animal shelters must be at least 15 feet from residential buildings.


A permit is also required for any: turkeys, geese, peacocks, or bees

Llamas, sheep, burros, horses or cows may be allowed if they can be located 50 feet from residential buildings.  This can be difficult with many urban yards. It is recommended that you contact the county before building any animal shelter of this kind or size. Also, note that all neighbors within 150 feet of your residence will need to be contacted as part of the permitting process.  


Pigs are not welcome in Portland.  Only Vietnamese Miniature Pot Bellied Pigs are allowed. They must be a shoulder height of 18 inches or less. Roosters and pigs are not allowed regardless of permit.


Before purchasing any animal, please research their needs.  Animals don’t just “hang out” in your backyard.  They need food, water, shelter, protection from predators and disease.  Weigh the benefits of a “home farm” against the amount of time you truly have.  Do you really want to wake up early and milk a goat ?  Would joining a farm cooperative that provided fresh milk be a better alternative ?  If you are living the “home farm” life, be considerate of your neighbors that didn’t choose to be “home farmers”.  Consider sharing the bounty.


Restaurant menus from trendy establishments to Burgerville showcase locally grown products.  Knowing where food originated is important to Portland residents.  This is shown by the popularity of the local Farmers Markets and home gardening.  This willingness to do things “ the old fashioned way” in the middle of a modern city is endearing to many visitors and residents alike.

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Shawn Skinner

Your Portland Metro Broker with over 15 years experience Shawn remains continuously updated on market trends, financing and legal reforms, so he can help you make informed decisions. The real estat....

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