Charlotte Chicken Laws

Are chickens allowed in Charlotte?Yes
How many chickens can you have?20
Can you have roosters in Charlotte?Yes
Chicken coop placement rules:At least 25 feet from any adjacent dwelling unit or property line
Application process:Permit required
More information:Charlotte Magazine

Here are the laws related to backyard chicken keeping in Charlotte, North Carolina:

  • The keeping of chickens is allowed in Charlotte, as long as the property owner complies with the city’s zoning and land use ordinances.
  • Chickens must be kept in a secure and enclosed coop that is at least 25 feet from any adjacent dwelling unit or property line.
  • The coop must be well-ventilated, predator-resistant, and kept clean and odor-free.
  • Roosters are not allowed within the city limits.
  • Property owners may keep up to 20 chickens on their property.
  • Chickens must be provided with adequate food, water, and care, and their waste must be disposed of in a sanitary manner.
  • Property owners are responsible for preventing their chickens from creating a nuisance, such as excessive noise or odors, that interferes with the enjoyment of nearby properties.

See other North Carolina chicken ordinances.

Last updated: 3/18/23