Policy Summary

Establishes urban agriculture zoning permit requirement and sets standards for keeping of bees and chickens in all zones. States that gardens used for growing fruits and vegetables do not require a zoning permit and are allowed by right in all zones.

Background Information

State Virginia
Jurisdiction Name Christiansburg
Jurisdiction Type Town/Township,
Population Size 5,000-50,000
Legal Strategies
  • Creates an exemption
  • 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:

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?

Economic goal?

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

Includes definitions?

Sec. 42-1.

Addresses implementation?

"The town manager or zoning administrator shall have authority to approve urban agriculture zoning permits and may revoke such permits for noncompliance." Sec. 42-663.

Enforcement provisions?

"Any person, whether as principal, agent, employed or otherwise, violating, or causing or permitting the violation of, any of the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, may be fined not less than $10.00 nor more than $1,000.00. Such person shall be deemed to be guilty of a separate offense for each and every day during which any portion of any violation of this chapter is committed, continued or permitted by such person, and shall be punishable as provided in section 1-11." Sec. 42-14.

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

Chapter 42-Zoning, Article XXII-Miscellaneous Provisions, Sec. 42-633 Urban Agriculture; Zoning Permit Required. History: Ord. No. 2016-1, 2-23-2016.


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