What types of zoning regulations do I need to consider?

Zoning ordinance sections related to fences, setbacks, signs, and structures are the sections most likely to apply to a community garden. For guidance related to these and any other applicable zoning regulations, contact email Dan Feinstein at the Planning Department at 216-491-1435.

  • Fences (Section 1262.05) – Fences require a fence permit (PDF), obtained through an application process. For guidance, see the Zoning Fence information sheet and the Building Department's Guide, How to Obtain a Permit (PDF).
  • Setbacks (Section 1220.07) – The zoning ordinance sets forth minimum front yard setbacks when appropriate.
  • Signs (Chapter 1250) – Gardens may erect signs 1 square foot or less in size without City review or approval. For signs greater than 1 square foot, a zoning variance, and in some cases a building permit, is required.
  • Storage structures (Section 1262.16) – Storage structures up to 10 feet in height located in the rear area of a property are generally allowed at gardens. Storage structures are subject to design review by the Architectural Board of Review (ABR).
  • Accessory ornamental structures and small greenhouses (Section 1262.10) – Structures, such as gazebos or small greenhouses, up to 15 feet in height and located in the rear area of a property may be allowed as part of a garden. Ornamental structures are subject to design review by ABR and in some case require a Building permit.

                                                                                                                                                                          

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1. Where can I get help starting a Community Garden?
2. Who should I contact at the City about starting a Community Garden?
3. When should I contact the City about starting a Community Garden?
4. What questions do I need to think about when looking for a Community Garden site?
5. Should I have the site's soil tested?
6. How do I get water for my Community Garden?
7. What types of zoning regulations do I need to consider?
8. What else should I consider?
9. What are the steps for starting a Community Garden on City-owned property?
10. What are the steps for starting a Community Garden on privately owned property?
11. What costs are associated with starting a Community Garden?
12. How long will it take to get a Community Garden up and running?