When to Seek an Urban Agriculture Zoning Permit
Urban Agriculture Activity Requiring a Permit
Any garden or farm project that is the principal or main use of the site and involves the sale or donation of its food and/or horticulture products to the public will require some sort of urban agriculture permit.
Neighborhood Agriculture Permits
- Small farms less than one acre in size, which meet the physical and operational standards for Neighborhood Agriculture, require this type of permit.
- Any sized large farm in an industrial zone district, which also meets the physical and operational standards for Neighborhood Agriculture, can apply for this type of permit.
Large-Scale Urban Agriculture
- Large farms that are one acre or larger in size require a Large-Scale Urban Agriculture permit, unless they are on a parcel zoned “Industrial.”
- Small farms of any size that do not meet the physical and operational standards for Neighborhood Agriculture permits.
* Note: All Large-Scale Urban Agriculture permits are obtained through the Conditional-Use permit process.
Photo: Tracie Lee, Added Value's Redhook Farm
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