The Flagstaff City Council decided goats can stay in the city, but owners will have to get a permit that will be free for residents. Two weeks ago, Council took up a resolution and ordinance regarding backyard livestock, such as goats. The discussed revisions to the Animal Keeping Code include reducing nuisances for neighbors and make enforcement easier. After about two hours discussing the matter, Council voted 4-3 to implement the free permit system, which also includes chickens. The three “no” votes didn’t want to implement a permit system at all. Those who voted “yes” indicated support for the free permit as a way to collect data to find out how many people own backyard livestock in the city.