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Policy Summary

Sets forth allowed and prohibited activities for "Neighborhood Agriculture" uses; allows on-site sales and food donation in all districts of items grown on-site, but not "within a Dwelling Unit." Sales of value-added products where the primary ingredient was grown on-site are also allowed in all districts except residential ones.

Background Information

State California
Jurisdiction Name San Francisco
Jurisdiction Type City, County,
Population Size 800,000+
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
  • Expressly allows something
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Grow; Distribute;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
No

Health-related goal?
Yes

Promote and protect the public health, safety, peace, morals, comfort, convenience and general welfare. 1.01; donation of fresh food 202.2(c)(2)

Environmental goal?
Yes

Compost (§ 202.2(c )(2)(A))

Economic goal?
Yes

To protect the character and stability of residential, commercial and industrial areas within the City. 1.01.

Includes findings?
No

Has a stated intent or purpose?
Yes

This Planning Code is adopted to promote and protect the public health, safety, peace, morals, comfort, convenience and general welfare, and for the following more particularly specified purposes; (1) To guide, control and regulate future growth and development in accordance with the General Plan ..., (2) To protect the character and stability of residential, commercial and industrial areas within the City, and to promote the orderly and beneficial development of such areas, (3) To provide adequate light, air, privacy and convenience of access to property, and to secure safety from fire and other dangers, (4) To prevent overcrowding the land and undue congestion of population, (5) To regulate the location of buildings and the use of buildings and land adjacent to streets and thoroughfares, in such manner as to obviate the danger to public safety caused by undue interference with existing or prospective traffic movements on such streets and thoroughfares. § 1.01

Includes definitions?
Yes

§ 102

Addresses implementation?
No

Enforcement provisions?
Unclear

Fines and criminal penalties (including imprisonment) are specified (see §176) , and could potentially be applied to agriculture that exceeds the bounds allowed under the ordinance, but the choice to conduct neighborhood agriculture is voluntary.

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra investment?
No

Code context and ordinance history

Planning Code - Article 2 (Use Districts); Section 202.2--Location and Operating Conditions; subdivision (c )--Agriculture use. History: Ord. 73-15, File No. 141303, App. 5/28/2015, Eff. 6/27/2015; Ord. 188-15 , File No. 150871, App. 11/4/2015, Eff. 12/4/2015.