Charleston Chicken Laws

Are chickens allowed in Charleston?Yes
How many chickens can you have?4
Can you have roosters in Charleston?No
Chicken coop placement rules:Coops at least 150 feet from neighbors unless you have written permission
Application process:Permit required
More information:Charleston Animal Society

If you’re in Charleston and dreaming of having your own small backyard chicken flock, you’re in the right place. Here are the regulations for keeping backyard chickens in Charleston:

  • A maximum of four chickens are allowed per property.
  • The chickens must be kept in a secure and enclosed coop or fenced area that is at least 40 square feet and at least 4 feet high.
  • The coop must be located at least 150 feet from neighbors unless you have written permission.
  • The chickens must not be allowed to roam free and must be kept on the owner’s property.
  • The slaughter of chickens is prohibited within city limits.
  • The coop and run area must be kept clean and free from vermin and odor.
  • Chicken owners must comply with all applicable zoning and land use regulations.

It is important to note that these regulations may vary depending on the specific location within the city, so it is best to check with local authorities for more information.

See other South Carolina chicken ordinances.

Last updated: 3/18/23