ENROLLED 2019 Legislature CS for SB 82 201982er 1 2 An act relating to vegetable gardens; creating s. 3 604.71, F.S.; providing legislative intent; 4 prohibiting local governments from regulating 5 vegetable gardens on residential properties except as 6 otherwise provided by law; specifying that such 7 regulations are void and unenforceable; specifying 8 exceptions; providing applicability; defining the term 9 “vegetable garden”; providing an effective date. 10 11 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 12 13 Section 1. Section 604.71, Florida Statutes, is created to 14 read: 15 604.71 Local regulation of vegetable gardens.— 16 (1) The Legislature intends to encourage the development of 17 sustainable cultivation of vegetables and fruits at all levels 18 of production, including for personal consumption, as an 19 important interest of the state. 20 (2) Except as otherwise provided by law, a county, 21 municipality, or other political subdivision of this state may 22 not regulate vegetable gardens on residential properties. Any 23 such local ordinance or regulation regulating vegetable gardens 24 on residential properties is void and unenforceable. 25 (3) This section does not preclude the adoption of a local 26 ordinance or regulation of a general nature that does not 27 specifically regulate vegetable gardens, including, but not 28 limited to, regulations and ordinances relating to water use 29 during drought conditions, fertilizer use, or control of 30 invasive species. 31 (4) As used in this section, the term “vegetable garden” 32 means a plot of ground where herbs, fruits, flowers, or 33 vegetables are cultivated for human ingestion. 34 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.