PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh City Council has simplified an ordinance governing people who want to keep chickens, ducks or goats on their property.

The old ordinance required fees totaling $340 and a permitting process that could take up to three months.

The new ordinance which was approved Tuesday and will be signed by Mayor Bill Peduto drops the cost to $70 and the time needed to get a permit to a single day.

City residents who live on lots at least 2,000 square feet can now get permits for up to five chickens or ducks, or two dehorned miniature goats. Residents on larger lots may qualify to keep additional chickens or ducks, and those with more than 15,000 square feet can keep at least one extra goat.

Urban farming advocates are praising the move.

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