Policy Summary

Provides use regulations for urban agriculture accessory uses with and without animals.

Background Information

State Pennsylvania
Jurisdiction Name Pittsburgh
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 200,000-800,000
Legal Strategies
  • Expressly allows something
  • Requires something, sets standards
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Grow;
Evidence for Health

This policy may correspond to diet-related strategies identified by the County Health Rankings’ What Works for Health tool, including:

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We understand that this information is not comprehensive. It also does not include other important forms of evidence such as community members’ lived experiences and practice-based evidence.

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Health-related goal?

"promote the health, safety, morals and general welfare of the community" 901.03

Environmental goal?

Economic goal?

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

"The Urban Agriculture standards of this Section are intended to permit the growing and off-site selling of legal agricultural products on properties throughout the City of Pittsburgh, and are permitted by right for Urban Agriculture (Accessory Use) With Animals. " Sec. 912.07. See also Sec. 901.03 (purpose and intent section for Zoning Code).

Includes definitions?

Chapt. 926

Addresses implementation?

See Chapter 923.

Enforcement provisions?

"Any person, firm, association, or corporation violating any provision of this Zoning Ordinance, or of the Stormwater Management provisions of Chapter 1003 of Title Ten: Building, shall upon conviction be fined not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) for each offense and costs, and in default of payment of such fine and costs, shall be imprisoned in the county jail or workhouse for not more than thirty (30) days. Each day a violation is continued shall constitute a separate offense. In the case of firms or associations, the penalty may be imposed upon the partners or members thereof, and in the case of corporations, upon the officers thereof." Sec. 924.04.G

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

Zoning Code, title 9-Zoning code, art. V-use regulations, Chapter 912-accessory use and structures, § 912.07-urban agriculture (accessory use). History: Ord. No. 1-2011, § 3, eff. 2-14-11; Ord. No. 25-2015, § 3, eff. 7-9-15.


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