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Community Gardens

Gardens used for growing and harvesting food crops and ornamental crops for consumption, donation, or sale.

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Approval Process On-site Sales

Community Garden regulations can be found in Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) Section 6.6.1.B. If you would like to create a Community Garden you must obtain approval from the City of Raleigh. 

If a Community Garden has already been approved by the City of Raleigh and there is interest in selling harvested crops from the garden, a permit must also be obtained from the City of Raleigh.


Approval Process

How do you get a Community Garden approved?


What applications do you need?

  • To create a new Community Garden you will need either a Non-Residential Building Permit application or an Administrative Site Review (ASR) application depending on whether the project qualifies as a Tier One, Tier Two, or Tier Three site plan. (For more information about Site Plan Tiers see UDO Section 10.2.8.B. as modified by UDO Text Change TC-14-19.) 
  • If the project is a Tier One site plan follow the Non-Residential Building Permit application process. If the project is a Tier Two or Tier Three site plan you should follow the ASR application process.
    • Note: If assistance determining a Site Plan Tier is needed a Site Plan Tier Verification request can be submitted online via the Permit and Development Portal. (Note: There is a fee for this verification service.)
    • If the Community Garden is located in the R-2, R-4, or R-6 zoning district an application for a Special Use Permit approved by the Board of Adjustment is required.

How long does the process take?

  • The length of the process is dependent on the type of approvals that will be necessary, so the length of the process varies.

How much does it cost?

  • Fees are dependent on the approvals required.  Development Fees can be determined by reviewing the Development Fee Guide.

On-site Sales

The on-site sale of agricultural produce at a Community Garden is permitted subject to the regulations in Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) Section 6.6.1.B.2, as amended by UDO text change TC-14-20 (Community Gardens with On-Site Sales)If you would like to create a Community Garden you must obtain approval from the City of Raleigh.


How do you get approved to have on-site sales at your approved Community Garden?

How long does the process take?
  • The review turnaround for a Community Garden On-Site Sales Zoning Permit is five business days.
How much does it cost?



Questions? Contact the Current Planning team.

Lead Department:
Planning and Development
Service Categories:
Permits - ZoningZoning