Urban Agriculture Business Information Bundle

Relevant Legislation and Regulations

Urban agriculture can provide many benefits to cities, and producing fruits and vegetables within cities raises few concerns. However, raising animals within cities has the potential to create public health and nuisance issues. For that reason, some municipalities have chosen to enact livestock bylaws.

There are also a number of provincial and federal laws and regulations that govern agriculture in general, as listed below.

For Municipalities

OMAFRA's Urban Agriculture: Livestock and Poultry provides an overview of issues municipalities should be aware of when considering developing bylaws around keeping livestock or poultry.

For regulations on selling what you produce, see "Selling Your Products".

For Agricultural Operations

If your operation is considered agricultural, there are also provincial and federal regulations to consider, including:

FarmStart offers an overview of regulations governing small farms.


For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
E-mail: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca
Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 28 January 2011
Last Reviewed: 12 January 2016