Policy Summary

This policy allows for growing and farming of edible landscapes on eligible city-owned land with a permit. All vegetation must be approved by the city and plans followed by the user.

Background Information

State Wisconsin
Jurisdiction Name Madison
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 200,000-800,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
  • Expressly allows something
Reach Limited scope
Only applicable to city-owned land.
Food System Category Grow; Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Health-related goal?

The purpose section states the law is entended to "encrouage the planting and harvesting of locally-grown fruits, vegetables, nuts…" §8.33(1).

Environmental goal?

Economic goal?

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

"The purpose of this ordinance is to encourage the planting and harvesting of locally-grown fruits, vegetables, nuts and other edible plant forms for public consumption, and to regulate the permitting, placement and maintenance of such edible landscapes on certain City-owned land." §8.33 (1).

Includes definitions?

§8.33 (3)

Addresses implementation?

"The Food and Alcohol Policy Administrator shall,... with the relevant Department or Division Heads, establish a standard application and permitting process... This process shall be submitted to the Food Policy Council for its review and approval." §8.33(4).

Enforcement provisions?

Penalites for failing to comply are denial of permit renewal or permit termination. § 8.33 (6) (l).

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

It is unclear if the online application process server will come with extra fees or if it would require a contrator to create.

Code context and ordinance history

This policy is located in the City of Madison Code of Ordinances Chapter 8 Public Property. History: Am. by ORD-15-00116, 10-28-15 Sec. 8.33 Cr. by ORD-13-00063, 4-24-13.