Ordinances related to agriculture vary a good deal from municipality to municipality. The matrix below is the beginning of an on-going effort to identify existing ordinances related to agriculture. It will be expanded in the future to include zoning ordinances. If you know of a correction or addition, please notify Scott Millar, Senior Policy Analyst.
This information is intended to serve as a resource for town managers, planners, local governments, developers and interested citizens by providing links to existing ordinances in Rhode Island municipalities. We do not distinguish between the quality of different ordinances; rather, this information serves as a public service clearinghouse. Therefore, we do not necessarily endorse the content and wording of every ordinance.
- RI General Laws Chapter 2-23.1 Notification to Farmers requires town and city councils to provide by ordinance for notification of farmers concerning local actions that have a direct and significant impact on agricultural operations.
- While keeping chickens on residential properties for domestic use is not a commercial agricultural activity, we have included ordinances related to domestic chicken keeping because a number of municipalities have expressed interest in this topic.
- Ordinances establishing municipal land trusts are included because of the important role they play in the preservation of farmland.