Chesapeake Chicken Laws

Are chickens allowed in Chesapeake?Yes (except lots zoned RE-1)
How many chickens can you have?6 or fewer
Can you have roosters in Chesapeake?No
Chicken coop placement rules:Coops in rear yard
Application process:Permit may be required
More information:Chesapeake City Code

Embarking on chicken-raising in Chesapeake? Discover the comprehensive guidelines and regulations crucial for a sustainable urban farming endeavor.

  • Number of Chickens: Residents can keep six (6) or fewer female chickens as an accessory use in all single-family residential zoning districts except lots zoned RE-1 (see more information link above).
  • Roosters Prohibited: Roosters are strictly prohibited from being kept within the city limits.
  • Housing Requirements: Chickens must be housed in a fully enclosed accessory structure that meets the following requirements:
    • The structure must be located in the rear yard.
    • The structure must have a solid roof and floor.
    • The structure must have adequate ventilation and lighting.
    • The structure must be kept clean and free of pests.
  • No Slaughtering: Nothing herein shall be construed to permit the slaughtering of chickens on property zoned for residential use.
  • Selling Chickens or Ducklings: Chickens or ducklings younger than eight weeks of age may not be sold in quantities of less than six to a single purchaser.

Chesapeake officials hold the latest backyard chicken rules. Stay updated by reaching out to them.

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Last updated: 11/25/2023