Chicken allowed on property zoned rural-residential in Powhatan, VA?

Asked by Kmw, Virginia Fri Jan 16, 2009

We'd like to own a couple sheep (for pets), and several chickens - all for our own private use and enjoyment. Obviously if we buy a property that is zoned agricultural, we'll be allowed to do so. What if it is zoned rural-residential? Also, is it pretty automatic that if the house is in a subdivision of any kind, we won't be able to have sheep/chickens? Thanks!

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Floyd Palmore, , Powhatan, VA
Wed Sep 2, 2009
If there is a large lot subdivision and zoned agricultural, there could be covents and restrictions for the subdivision that will not allow sheep, goats, chickens, etc. But yes, agricultural zoing does allow chickens, sheep, goats etc.
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Lummie Jones…, Agent, Midlothian, VA
Wed Jun 24, 2009
It depends on the zoning and if you are in a subdivision with restrictions. Rural-residential may allow it but normally that will come with restrictions and they will not. Just be sure to check both county and private restrictions.
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