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Policy Summary

This law provides general regulations for farmers' markets across all districts. It addresses requirements including EBT acceptance of nutrition program payments (CalFresh), trash, noise, inspections, required permits, etc. In addition it sets parking requirements, which are reduced for farmers' markets located near a transit line or bus stop, etc.

Background Information

State California
Jurisdiction Name L.A. County
Jurisdiction Type County,
Population Size 800,000+
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
  • Expressly allows something
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Distribute; Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
Yes

See this language: "Farmers' markets shall accept CalFresh benefits via electronic benefit transfer ("EBT") card in addition to accepting other forms of payment." § 22.52.2620(F).

Health-related goal?
No

Environmental goal?
Unclear

Law prohibits farmers' markets from operating in a "environmentally sensitive habitat area." § 22.52.2610.

Economic goal?
Yes

Law prohibits farmers' markets from operating in a "environmentally sensitive habitat area." § 22.52.2610.

Includes findings?
No

Has a stated intent or purpose?
Yes

"The purpose of this Part 25 is to facilitate the establishment and operation of farmers' markets and to ensure their compatibility with surrounding uses by establishing development standards." § 22.52.2600.

Includes definitions?
Yes

§ 22.08.

Addresses implementation?
Unclear

The law provides requirements pertaining parking, application materials and covenants for recordation that are impliedly approved by the Director of the department of regional planning. § 22.52.2630 -.2650.

Enforcement provisions?
Yes

"Each violation determined to be an infraction by this title shall be punishable by a fine of $100.00 for the first violation. Subsequent violations of the same provision of this title shall be punishable by a fine of $200.00 for the second violation and $500.00 for the third violation in a 12-month period as provided by applicable law. The fourth and any further violations of the same provision of this title which are committed at any time within a 12-month period from the date of the commission of the first violation shall be deemed misdemeanors, regardless of the dates of conviction of the first three violations. The three infraction violations which are the basis for the fourth and any further violations being misdemeanors may be brought and tried together. The increased penalties set forth in this section for subsequent violations shall be applicable whether said subsequent violations are brought and tried together with the underlying previous violations or separately therefrom." § 22.60.340.

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra investment?
No

Code context and ordinance history

Part 25 (Farmers' Markets) is located in Title 22 (Planning and Zoning), Division I (Planning and Zoning), Chapter 22.52 (General Regulations), Part 25 (Farmers Markets). History: Ord. 2013-0001 § 56, 2013.