Urban farms may be operated on a for-profit, non-profit, and/or a social enterprise model.
Urban farming supports many of our green initiatives including improved biodiversity, making use of under-utilized spaces, reducing food import impacts, and enhancing Vancouver's green enconomy.
If you are an interested in urban farming, you should review the following guides and complete the necessary documentation.
There are two classes of urban farms, Class A and Class B. Regulations for your farm will depend on the class.
|Allowed zones||Residential||Industrial, commercial, and historical area zones (Chinatown, Gastown, and Yaletown)|
|Size Limit per parcel||Max. planting area: 325m2*||Max. planting area: 7000m2**|
|Size Limit for combined parcel area||Max. planting area: 7000m2||Max. planting area: 7000m2|
|Farm sales limits for leased land||None||None|
|Farm sales limits for owned land||$9,999 per organization or business||None|
|Development permit||Not required***||Required ($279)|
|Building permit||Accessory building up to 10m2 allowed without building permit||If in part or wholly within a building, permit is required|
|Farm gate sales||Only allowed if on institutional land||Allowed|
*May be larger if farm is on Institutional land and demonstrates strong social impact (may be increased to ;max. 7000m2)
**May be larger if farm demonstrates strong social impact
***Unless over 325m2
Access guides, council documents, checklists, and find background information about urban farming regulations.
Guidelines have been prepared to assist the development of safe, neighbourly and productive urban farming and create more sustainable food system for the city.
The purpose of the guidelines is to assist both urban farm applicants to apply as well as city staff to evaluation applications. Please review the guidelines before submitting your application.
Be sure to review this checklist for information and procedures about applying for business licences and development permits related to urban farms.
This guide outlines ways to reduce contamination of soil and fresh produce by unhealthy bacteria, acid soluble metals, petroleum products, or volatile organic compounds sometimes present in the urban environment.
To assist gardeners and farmers in reducing risk in the planting, growing and harvesting of fresh produce the guide is divided in two categories – reducing fresh produce contamination, and soil assessment and testing.
The Vancouver Urban Farming Society is an organization that supports the shared interests of urban farmers. Check out their website for more resources, events, workshops, and updates.
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