Produce Stand

Produce Stands

A zoning permit for produce stands allows small agri-businesses to sell their produce to local residents.

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  1. Sales shall be limited to agricultural produce with the area devoted to the produce stand activities not to exceed a maximum of two thousand (2,000) square feet. In addition to the sales of agricultural produce, twenty-five 25% of the produce stand area may be devoted to the sales of home made food goods such as baked goods, jams and relishes. For produce stands not removed from the lot on a daily basis, the use shall be limited to a maximum of eight (8) months per calendar year. All tents, stands, signs, and structures associated with the produce stand shall be removed from the property within five (5) calendar days following the termination of the approved time period.
  2. Produce stands locating within any residential zoning district shall be required to locate on the property of a residential institution (church, school, civic club, etc.), or minimum of one hundred (100) dwelling units or on property fronting a thoroughfare as designated by the City's Comprehensive Plan. In the event that the property fronting a thoroughfare is developed with a single family detached dwelling, no parking associated with the produce stand may be located within the front yard area.
  3. Tents, stands or other related structures shall provide a minimum ten (10) foot setback from all property lines and public rights-of-way.
  4. One (1) off-street parking space shall be provided for every two hundred (200) square feet of area devoted to retail sales, but no less than three pedestrian and vehicle circulation and arranged so that vehicle ingress and egress to exempt from parking surface requirements and the required landscaping requirements.
  5. Signage for all produce stand activities on the premise shall be limited to one (1) unlighted announcement sign not to exceed twelve (12) square feet in area and be higher than three and one half (3 1/2) feet above the ground elevation.
  6. All activities shall be discontinued by 8:00 p.m. when located within a residential zoning district.
  7. No Code-required landscape planning area shall be utilized in association with the produce stand activities and no unauthorized encroachments on public rights-of-way shall be permitted.
  8. A plot plan that shows the location of all tents, produce stands, driveways, off-street parking, traffic circulation, signs or other related structures be submitted to the City of Raleigh for their approval, and that a zoning permit be issued prior to any event taking place.

Submittal Requirements

Please submit the following documentation to move forward with your produce stand:

Documentation can be submitted:

  • In-person: One Exchange Plaza, Suite 400, Downtown Raleigh
  • US Mail: Development Services Customer Service Center, PO Box 590, Raleigh, NC 27602
Required for Some Projects  
Are you erecting a tent exceeding 400 square feet?

If yes, a flame retardant certification must be secured and a fire inspection must be schedule. Contact Fire Prevention for copy of the Tent Permit Application as well as schedule your inspection: 919-996-6392

Does the applicant own the space where the produce stand will be located? If you do not own the space, or if you are leasing, you must obtain written approval by the landlord to operate your produce stand.

Paying Your Fees

  • Zoning permits are a minimum fee permit. Please see the Development Fee Schedule for current fees. 
  • The permit fee is paid at the end of the process when the permit is picked up. It can be online via a registered account in the Permit and Development Portal, or via the Cashier in the Customer Service Center (cash, check, mastercard, visa).
Lead Department:
Planning and Development
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ZoningPermits - Zoning