General Standards

General Standards laid out by the Urban Agricultural Ordinance include:

  • This ordinance only applies to properties within the City of Winston-Salem
  • The application cost for all gardens is $25.
  • The on-site sale and distribution of produce grown on site is allowed.
  • A minimum setback of 5 feet from neighboring property lines and right-of-way is required.
  • Certain structures (such as greenhouses and storage buildings) will require additional permits and fees as determined by the Inspections Division. Contact Inspections staff at 336-727-2624 for more information.
  • Site plans may be required.
  • One parking space is required per 20,000 square feet of lot area for sites in nonresidential districts.
  • Parking requirements will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the Board of Adjustment for sites in residential zoning districts.

Zoning Districts Which Allow Urban Agriculture

Single-Family Residential Zoning Districts

  • MH
  • RS-7
  • RS-9
  • RS-12
  • RS-15
  • RS-20
  • RS-30
  • RS-40

Residential zoning districts require Board of Adjustment Special Use Permit (see the Citizen's Guide to Evidentiary Hearings [PDF]).

Multifamily Residential Zoning Districts

  • RMU
  • RM-5
  • RM-8
  • RM-12
  • RM-18
  • RSQ

Residential zoning districts require Board of Adjustment Special Use Permit (see the Citizen's Guide to Evidentiary Hearings [PDF]).

Nonresidential Zoning Districts

  • AG
  • C
  • CI
  • GB
  • GI
  • HB
  • IP
  • LB
  • LI
  • MU-S
  • PB

Nonresidential zoning districts require a permit from the Zoning Officer.

Urban Agriculture Toolkit

All of the information on this page can be found in the Urban Agriculture Toolkit (PDF), your guide to navigating the urban agriculture process. Included in this document are images, resources, information, and useful tips for starting your own community garden.