Hoping to quell the amount of crowing across the city, the Los Angeles City Council passed a law Tuesday limiting the number of roosters that each household can own.
On a 12-0 vote, the council agreed to allow only one rooster per property unless such birds are part of a "permitted and licensed commercial, agricultural or industrial business" -- and on a street with the proper zoning.
Roosters can be heard in a number of neighborhoods, from Wilmington near the harbor to the northern edge of the San Fernando Valley. Councilwoman Janice Hahn, who sponsored the measure, said it would provide peace and quiet to her constituents while helping animal control officers crack down on cockfighting.
"Roosters have their place in this city, but we think having more than one per property causes problems," she said.
Officials with the Department of Animal Services said those who now have more than one rooster can apply for a one-time $50 permit that will allow them to keep two more.