Urban Farm Zoning & Uses

The District is proud to say that Prince George’s County is urban farm-friendly! You can grow in the ground, raised-beds, and/or indoors. If you have the appropriate structures and supports, you can even grow on your roof! There are many agricultural uses allowed on urban farms including beekeeping, cut flower and table crop production, composting, hydroponics, aquaponics, the processing of agricultural products, and even agricultural education. Please keep in mind that chickens and other livestock are not allowed. In addition, while some accessory structures are permitted, they may require permits. Here is a link to the Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement's Homeowner's Guide to Permits.

Urban Farm Zones

Urban farming is allowed in many residential zones and most commercial and industrial zones. All of this has been made possible by recent urban farming legislation that the District was proud to work on with the Prince George’s County Council, the Prince George’s County Food Equity Council, the University of Maryland Extension, and ECO City Farms. CB-25-2016 paved the way for the most recent expansion in the urban farm definition, CB-14-2019, which states that urban farms are:

“A use permitting a non-profit organization or for-profit business for the cultivation of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and other ornamental and edible plants; the limited keeping and raising of bees; and similar activities on residential, commercial, or industrial lands. “Urban farm” uses may include processing of agricultural product on the site of the farm where grown or raised in the course of preparing the product for sale, which may cause a change in the natural form or state of the product. Said use also includes composting, agricultural education, and incidental sales (excluding R-80 and R-55). In addition, “Urban farm” uses may occur indoors or outdoors, including but not limited to the following production methods: in-ground farming; raised-bed farming; hydroponics; controlled environment agriculture; rooftop farming; or aquaponics. Common accessory structures associated with “Urban farm” uses may include, but are not limited to: tool sheds; high tunnels; fencing; composting structures; and water cisterns. Lastly, the term “Urban farm” shall not include “Agriculture”; the keeping of roosters, fowl, or livestock; commercial feeding of garbage or offal to animals; the slaughtering of livestock for marketing; or the disposal of sludge, except for the fertilization of crops; and, horticultural products; or floricultural products in connection with an active agricultural operation or home gardening.”

If you want to know if you can start an urban farm on your property, please contact our Urban Agricultural Conservation Planner. We can also let you know if you are eligible for the Urban Agriculture Property Tax Credit.