Richmond Chicken Laws

Are chickens allowed in Richmond?Yes
How many chickens can you have?Up to 6
Can you have roosters in Richmond?No
Chicken coop placement rules:Coops at least 200 feet from all property lines
Application process:Permit required
More information:Richmond City Code

Ready to raise chickens in Richmond? You’ll have to follow some rules and guidelines. Here are the basics:

  • Permitted Number of Chickens: Residents in the City of Richmond can keep up to 6 female chickens on their property.
  • Permit Requirement: A permit must be obtained from the Animal Care and Control Commission (RACC) to keep chickens legally.
  • Roosters Not Allowed: While female chickens are permitted, roosters cannot be kept within city limits.
  • Application Process: To apply for a permit, you must submit an application to RACC, accompanied by a non-refundable fee of $60.
  • Required Information: The permit application should include specific details about your property, including its zoning district, yard size, and the proposed location of the chicken coop.
  • Property Inspection: RACC will inspect your property to ensure it meets the requirements for keeping chickens.
  • Fenced Area Distance: One of the requirements is to have a fenced area at least 200 feet away from all property lines.

Richmond’s backyard chicken rules might change. Stay updated by reaching out to local officials for the latest details.

See other Virginia chicken ordinances.

Last updated: 11/26/2023