Urban farmers who chose to have livestock such as goats, ducks and chickens on their property previously had to pay a fee of $340 plus undergo a three-month-long permit process, according to CBS Pittsburgh. The City Council has since altered the ordinance, simplifying it to a $70 fee and a day-long permit process. The new ordinance was approved on Tuesday by Mayor Bill Peduto.
Pittsburgh residents with a minimum of 2,000-square-feet lots are able to obtain permits for two miniature goats (dehorned) or no more than five ducks or chickens. Farmers with larger lots may be permitted to keep more chickens, ducks and goats.
CBS Pittsburgh reports that urban farmers in the area are pleased with the change in ordinance.