“Agriculture” is defined by the Olympia Municipal Code as The use of land for farming, dairying, pasturing and grazing, horticulture, floriculture, viticulture, apiaries, animal and poultry husbandry, and accessory activities, including, but not limited to, storage, harvesting, feeding or maintenance of equipment, and onsite sales of agricultural products, but excluding stockyards, slaughtering or commercial food processing.
The City of Olympia allows urban agriculture in order to increase access to healthy, local food; beautify empty lots; promote healthy recreation and physical activities, and create vibrant, walkable places within neighborhoods.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Is urban farming allowed in the city of Olympia?
May I have a garden in the planter strips between the sidewalks and curbs?
Yes in all districts. Special permission is needed for commercial greenhouses.
Can produce from a personal garden be sold?
Yes, but no items may be taller than 30 inches so that driver’s sight lines are not obstructed and off site organic soil must be used.
What farm animals are allowed in the city?
Yes, produce grown onsite may be sold onsite.
Is bee keeping permitted?
Are roof-top or side-of-building gardens allowed?
- Lots one acre or less are allowed up to five female chickens or ducks. Lots greater than one acre are allowed one female chicken or duck for every additional one thousand square feet of lot area beyond one acre, up to ten ducks or female chickens.
- Lots of one acre or less are allowed up to five rabbits.
- Lots greater than one acre are allowed one rabbit for every additional one thousand square feet of lot area beyond one acre, up to ten rabbits.
Miniature Goats, commonly known as Pygmy and Dwarf, are permitted under the following conditions: (a) Lots between five thousand square feet and one acre in size are allowed up to two miniature goats. (b) Lots greater than one acre are allowed one miniature goat for every additional one thousand square feet of lot area beyond one acre, up to six miniature goats.
Coops and hutches must be setback at least 5' from the front, side and rear property lines.
Does the City allow Community Gardens?
Yes, but it’s critical that you verify the building can support the additional weight and will not be damaged by vines etc…
Is a permit needed for a community garden?
Yes. The City allows gardening on City-owned parcels and right-of-way with some restrictions, community gardens on private property, and the Parks, Arts and Recreation Department has two community gardens, one at Sunrise Park and one at Yauger Park. Learn more...
Are there community groups that teach gardening and processing of harvests?
No, unless the garden is proposed to be on City property (including right-of-way) then you must submit a Neighborhood Nooks Application.
Yes! Some local examples include:
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