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May 19, 2015 - Arvada Approves of Keeping Miniature Goats

Arvada, CO . . . . The Arvada City Council voted 7 – 0 to allow for the keeping of miniature goats at their May 18, 2015 meeting.

A “miniature goat” is defined as a livestock animal from the Nigerian Dwarf Goat or African Pygmy Goat breed that is not taller than 24.5 inches at the withers. The amended City code will allow the goats on properties zoned other than A-1 or R-CE, so long as: 

  • The goats are not kept within the front setback of the property;
  • No more and no less than two adult miniature goats must be kept (for reasons related to the companionship needs of miniature goats);
  • Males must be neutered before the age of six months;
  • Goat shelters must be set back 15 feet from side and rear property lines and must be predator-resistant;
  • Grazing activities must be fenced in, allowed no more than once per month on any property, and the number of goats allowed to graze is limited to two per quarter acre.

Jessica Prosser, Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Arvada, stated that “allowing for miniature goats is the next step in enhancing the City’s Sustain Arvada program which encourages agricultural activities such as the keeping of chickens, turkeys, and bees under certain conditions.” She says that the goats are beneficial for grazing and make excellent 4H projects for youth.