Keeping livestock is only permitted in specifically zoned land. Residential property typically only allows raising or keeping “ordinary household pets.” However because the county was once an agriculturally based community, many pieces of land within residential communities have retained legal non-conformance land use that permits the keeping of live stock. The planning department determines the permitted land use for each property within County jurisdiction. Check with the Application and Permit Center 925-655-2700 prior to keeping exotic or farm animals. Report exotic or farm animals in residential areas to Code Enforcement 925-655-7210.