Policy Summary

This uncodified ordinance amended multiple sections of San Francisco's planning code to both define and regulate urban agriculture in the city, including allowing for urban agriculture activities in various zones, and allowing for both neighborhood and large scale agriculture. Neighborhood agriculture activities includes community gardens, market gardens, and kitchen gardens. Also allows for limited on-site sales or donation of fresh produce or horticultural products, and specifically exempts produce/products grown for personal use from regulation.

Background Information

State California
Jurisdiction Name San Francisco
Jurisdiction Type City, County,
Population Size 800,000+
Legal Strategies
  • Creates an exemption
  • Requires something, sets standards
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Grow; Get;
Evidence for Health

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

For research on the potential effectiveness, please review the category links above.

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?

Environmental goal?

Water conservation (Section 2, adding new section 102.35(c )).

Economic goal?

Includes findings?

Findings include that the actions contemplated in the ordinance are in compliance with the CA Environmental Quality Act, are consistente with the City's General Plan, and will serve the public necessity, convenience, and welfare. Section 1.

Has a stated intent or purpose?

Includes definitions?

Section 2, adding Sec. 102.35(a) and (b).

Addresses implementation?

Enforcement provisions?

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

Uncodified ordinance. File no. 101537, ordinance no. 66-11 (April 20, 2011). Amended Planning Code to add section 102.35 and amend sections 204.1, 209.5, 227, 234.1, 234.2, 703.2, 710.1, 711.1, 712.1, 713.1, 714.1, 715.1, 716.1, 117.1, 718.1, 719.1, 720.1, 721.1, 722.1, 723.1, 724.1, 725.1, 726.1, 727.1, 728.1, 729.1, 730.1, 731.1, 732.1, 733.1, 733A.1, 734.1, 735.1, 736.1, 737.1, 790.50, 803.2, 803.3, 810.1, 811.1, 812.1, 813, 814, 815, 816, 817, 818, 827, 829, 840, 841, 842, 843 and 890.50. Did not compare with current, codified version because multiple code sections were involved.


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