Residential Sales Ordinance, Denver, Colorado

Jurisdiction Name: Denver
State/Province: CO
Country: United States
Type of Government: Municipality/County
Population: 600,158
Population Range: 250,000 to 999,999
Policy Links: Web
Policy type: ordinance
Year: 2014
GFC Topic: community food connections, community food production, community food security
Keywords: economic development, food access, fresh produce, healthy food, permit, zoning ordinance
Adopting Government Department(s):

Denver City Council

Lead Implementing Entity(s): Denver Department of Community Planning and Development: Development Services/Zoning
Support Entity(s):


Funding Amount: n/a
Funding Sources: n/a
Policy Outcome(s):

The ordinance is an amendment to the Denver Zoning Code that allows city residents to sell fresh produce, eggs and ‘cottage foods’ (e.g., spices, teas, honey, jam) that residents grow or make themselves from their home. The resident requires a zoning permit and a food safety course but has new opportunities for supplemental earnings that can result in better economic and health circumstances. Residents have an income ceiling of $5,000 annually. The amendment was developed by the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council. The intended goal of this policy is to reduce the distance the food travels from food to table and provide supplemental income opportunities for families seeking greater economic self-sufficiency.

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