Norfolk Chicken Laws

Are chickens allowed in Norfolk?Yes
How many chickens can you have?Up to 6
Can you have roosters in Norfolk?No
Chicken coop placement rules:Coops at least 15 feet from any property line, 20 feet from the nearest boundary of any city drainage easement, and 50 feet from any point of mean high water of any waterway.
Application process:Permit required
More information:Norfolk City Code

If you’re thinking about raising chickens in Norfolk, make sure you’re eligible first:

  • Permitted Number of Hens: Residents in Norfolk can keep up to 6 hens in their backyards.
  • Prohibited Animals: Roosters and capons cannot be kept in residential properties.
  • Coop Location Requirements:
    • The chicken coop must be situated at least 15 feet away from any property line and occupied building.
    • The coop must also be placed at least 20 feet from the nearest boundary of any city drainage easement.
    • It must be located at least 50 feet from any point of mean high water of any waterway, measured from the nearest property line.

Requirements for Obtaining a Chicken Keeping Permit:

  • Your property must have a minimum area of 5,000 square feet to be eligible for a permit.
  • You must obtain written consent from the property owner to keep chickens on the premises.
  • You must provide a detailed plan for the chicken coop that complies with the city’s requirements.

Backyard chicken rules in Norfolk can change. Stay informed by contacting city officials for the most current information.

See other Virginia chicken ordinances.

Last updated: 11/25/2023