Policy Summary

The uncodified ordinance made permanent a pilot farmers' markets program and streamlined the permit process for farmers' markets. Also includes a fee schedule for various permits.

Background Information

State Washington
Jurisdiction Name Seattle
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 200,000-800,000
Legal Strategies
  • Expressly allows something
  • Creates an incentive for a change in practice or behavior to promote access to healthy food.
Reach Limited scope
It establishes a voluntary program.
Food System Category Distribute; 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?

"improved access to high quality fresh fruits and vegetables" (Section 1, subd. 1)

Environmental goal?

Preservation of local farm land and provide market for regionally grown foods(Section 1, subd.1);

Economic goal?

Refers to farmers markets as being "an important contributor to . . . Seattle's economic and cultural life," (first Whereas clause); as providing "fresh, regionally produced farm products," "increased commerce for adjacent businesses," and as a "vitally important source of revenue" for local farmers. Section 1, subd. 1.

Includes findings?

Section one includes findings about economic impact of farmers' markets on Seattle; also includes whereas clauses that describe challenges for farmers' markets relating to fees.

Has a stated intent or purpose?

Includes definitions?

Addresses implementation?

Refers to Attachment A, which described and implemented the pilot program; also refers to the Office of Economic Development as being "authorized and directed to" issue rules or amend rules to implement the program, and includes other directives for the OED (section 2).

Enforcement provisions?

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

Uncodified ordinance passed 9-21-2009; also known as Council Bill No. 116612. Amended Ordinance No. 122850 and 122295; and amended Seattle Municipal Code 11.26.260C, Schedule B, Table 22.602.045B, and 3.14.620. Did not check for updating because multiple code provisions were involved.


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