policy overview

The SFPC helped pass an amendment to the Denver Zoning Code to allow the sale of raw agricultural goods and homemade food products on residential properties.

This policy is aimed to help promote the cultivation of backyard and community gardens for personal use while also increasing the availability of fresh produce for sale in all Denver neighborhoods. The amendment only applies to fruits, vegetables and herbs and any food products made from plants grown on the same site. All raw food and products must be tied directly to the person selling it, and must be sold directly to the consumer.


A recent update to the Denver Zoning Code now allows Denver residents to sell from their homes fresh produce and "cottage foods" that they grow and make themselves, with a permit. The change allows Denver residents living in residential zone districts to sell from their homes fresh produce they have grown themselves, and cottage foods, such as jams and honey, they have made themselves in their home kitchen.