Farms, Ranches & Stables

In general, the City does not regulate the number of horses allowed on single-family and two-family residential properties as long as they are for personal use of the homeowner and there is a City-approved, habitable single family home on the property. The City does not allow the commercial raising of animals as is typically associated with a farm, except on a farm, ranch or commercial stable.

The Zoning Code limits the location of farms, ranches, and stables:

  • Single-Family Residential - farms, commercial stables, & ranches by conditional use permit
  • Resort Residential (R4-R) - guest ranches allowed
  • Two-Family Residential - farms, commercial stables, & ranches by conditional use permit
  • To discuss further, consider scheduling a pre-application

Horses, Livestock & Other Animals

Animals (including horses and other livestock) are regulated by the Maricopa County Health Department and by rules/regulations enforced by Homeowner's Associations or Covenants, Codes & Restrictions (CC&R's).

The City of Scottsdale does have regulations pertaining to:

  1. Commercial boarding or training
  2. Nuisances such as flies or odors

Applicable Regulations:

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