Urban Agriculture Zoning Regulations, Ordinance No. 123378

Jurisdiction Name: Seattle
State/Province: WA
Country: United States
Type of Government: Municipality
Population: 634,535
Population Range: 250,000 to 999,999
Policy Links: WebPDF
Policy type: ordinance
Year: 2010
GFC Topic: community food production
Keywords: agriculture, backyard chickens, chickens, community garden, farm, farmers market, food production, food sales, land use, land use code, production, rooftop, rooftop garden, urban, urban agriculture, urban farm, zoning, zoning ordinance
Adopting Government Department(s):

Seattle City Council

Lead Implementing Entity(s): Seattle Department of Planning and Development
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Policy Outcome(s):

ordinance amended the city’s land use code to expand opportunities for urban agriculture (Sections 23.40.002, 23.42.052, 23.43.006, 23.43.040, 23.44.006, 23.44.040, 23.45.504, 23.45.506, 23.45.508, 23.45.514, 23.45.545, 23.47A.004, 23.47A.011, 23.47A.012, 23.48.010, 23.49.008, 23.50.012, 23.50.020, 23.54.015, 23.84A.002, 23.84A.014, and 23.84A.036; adding new sections to Chapters 23.42 and 23.44; and amending the title of subchapter II of Chapter 23.44); code changes provide increased opportunities to grow and sell food in all zones; code changes allow “urban farms” and “community gardens” in all zones, with some limitations in industrial zones; allow residents to sell food grown on their property; formally recognize farmer’s markets and allow them in more Seattle areas; allow dedicated food production on rooftop greenhouses with a 15-foot exemption to height limits in a variety of higher density zones

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