|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?
|Chicken coop placement rules:
|Coops in rear yard
|Permit may be required
|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.
See other Virginia chicken ordinances.
Last updated: 11/25/2023