|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