Virginia Beach Chicken Laws

Are chickens allowed in Virginia Beach?Yes (in land zoned for agricultural use)
How many chickens can you have?Up to 6
Can you have roosters in Virginia Beach?Yes
Chicken coop placement rules:At least 50 feet from any neighboring dwellings
Application process:Permit required
More information:Virginia Beach City Code

Virginia is for lovers AND chickens — at least if you’re in the Virginia Beach area. Here are the laws related to backyard chicken keeping in Virginia Beach, Virginia:

  • Up to six chickens are allowed on residential properties in Virginia Beach.
  • Roosters are allowed.
  • Chickens must be kept in a secure coop or enclosed area that is at least 50 feet from any neighboring dwellings.
  • The coop or enclosed area must be kept clean and free of odors, and it must be ventilated to prevent the buildup of moisture and harmful gasses.
  • Chickens must have access to food and water at all times.
  • The coop or enclosed area must be constructed in a manner that prevents the chickens from escaping and from being preyed upon by other animals.
  • Slaughtering chickens for personal consumption is allowed, but commercial sale of chicken meat or eggs is prohibited.
  • Owners must obtain a permit before keeping chickens on their property.

Note that these laws are subject to change, so it’s always a good idea to check with your local government to make sure you have the most up-to-date information.

See other Virginia chicken ordinances.

Last updated: 3/18/23