Greenville Chicken Laws

Are chickens allowed in Greenville?Yes
How many chickens can you have?No limit (cannot create nuisance)
Can you have roosters in Greenville?Likely no
Chicken coop placement rules:No rules specified (check with city before building or buying)
Application process:Permit may be required
More information:Greenville City Code

Uncover the key regulations governing chicken raising in Greenville to kickstart your poultry venture successfully.

  • Keeping of Chickens: The city allows the keeping of chickens in quantities that do not unreasonably disrupt or disturb the peace and quiet of any person.
  • Roosters Prohibited: No roosters are allowed. This regulation is in place to prevent potential noise disturbances from crowing.
  • Minimum Enclosure Height: No person shall confine fowl in coops or other enclosures less than 18 inches in height. 
  • Freedom of Movement: The coops or other enclosures shall allow fowl to move around freely within the coops or enclosures. 
  • Provision of Food and Water: All coops or other enclosures used to confine fowl shall be provided at all times with clean food and pure water placed in containers outside of the coops or other enclosures, protected from contamination, and accessible to the fowl at all times.
  • Clean Litter and Cross-Ventilation: Coops or other enclosures used to confine fowl shall always be provided with clean litter and cross-ventilation. 

Stay in the loop with Greenville’s evolving backyard chicken regulations. Consult officials for recent information.

See other South Carolina chicken ordinances.

Last updated: 4/24/24