A.   Accessory Community
      1.   Community are permitted as an in any in accordance with the standards provided below.
      2.   Permitted Activities and Uses
         The following activities and uses are permitted in a Community :
         a.   Growing and harvesting of agricultural products;
         b.   The keeping of is permitted as an to the growing and harvesting of agricultural products in accordance with Section 6.6.5.E, Keeping of . Permission from the property owner is required and a sign must be posted identifying the person responsible for caring for the and his or her contact information;
         c.   Greenhouses and on-site sale of agricultural products grown on-site are permitted in accordance with Section 6.6.5.D and 6.6.5.F, respectively;
         d.   During an on-site sales event, a temporary booth or canopy may be located within the front yard of the property and is exempt from Sections 6.6.1.C and 6.6.3.B;
         e.   Outdoor activity, including the outdoor display of products for sale grown on- , is permitted.
      3.   The growing and harvesting of agricultural products that are not in a are exempt from the requirements of the underlying .
   B.   Composting
   Composting shall be maintained in accordance with applicable sections of the Tucson Code, Section 4-28 of and and Section 16-13 of the Neighborhood Preservation Ordinance.
      1.    are permitted as an to any residential or nonresidential use.
      2.    not in greenhouses are exempt from this Section 6.6, Accessory Uses, Buildings, and Structures. Further, may be located in the buildable area extending the full width of the between the principal and the front .
      3.    in greenhouses are subject to Section 6.6.5.D.
      4.   Vertical mounted on a perimeter wall or fence are permitted provided they do not affect the integrity of the wall or fence and the fastening devices do not project or otherwise create a safety hazard to property owners.
   D.   Accessory Greenhouses
   Greenhouses are permitted as accessory buildings or as follows:
      1.   Greenhouses must comply with Section 6.6.2, Accessory Buildings and Structures unless otherwise regulated in this section.
      2.   Except when accessory to a community or urban farm, greenhouses are prohibited in the buildable area extending the full width of the between the principal building and the front .
       shall comply with the dimensional standards of Section 6.6.2. Greenhouses cooled solely by an evaporative cooler are considered a .
      Accessory greenhouses are permitted in accordance with Section 4.9.2.B.1.c.
      5.   The maximum permitted height of a greenhouse is 12 feet in a residential and in accordance with Section 6.6.4.C in a nonresidential .
   E.   Keeping of
      1.   This section applies to as defined in Section 11.4.7, , Food Producing.
         a.   The keeping of shall be conducted in accordance with this Section 6.6.5.E and the Tucson Code, Chapter 4, and . In the case of a conflict, the standards of this Section shall control.
         b.   This Section 6.6.5.E does not apply to:
            (1)   The keeping of livestock; or,
            (2)    not defined as such as pigeons, parrots, dogs, cats, and fish.
         c.   Uncastrated male older than 5 months and male are prohibited.
      2.   The keeping of is permitted as an to:
         a.   Permitted residential use in residential and nonresidential ;
         b.   Accessory Community per Section 6.6.5.A; or,
         c.   Accessory Urban Farm per Section 4.9.2.E.1.b.
      3.   Maximum Number of Permitted
         a.    as defined in Section 11.4.2 are used as a basis for determining the maximum number of permitted.
         b.    are assigned as follows:
Units per
Turkey or Goose
(female or neutered male only)
         c.   The calculation for the maximum number of permitted is the lesser of either two (2) per 1,000 square feet of the or the maximum total of the as follows:
Lot Size
Maximum Number of Total Permitted
Less than 16,000 sf
16,000 sf to 143,999 sf
144,000 sf or more
         d.   It is recommended that be raised in pairs or small groups for their well-being.
         e.   Exemptions: The following are exempt from this Section 6.6.5.E:
            (1)    Production, General Farming, or Stockyard Operation Uses or when an Accessory Shelter or Structure in the RH, SR, SH, RX-1, IR, or MU zones. These uses must comply with Chapter 4 of the Tucson Code;
            (2)   Non-profit, agriculture-related organizations, such as the 4-H Club and Future Farmers of America. These organizations must comply with Chapter 4 of the Tucson Code; or,
            (3)   Rabbits, rodents, and invertebrates, such as worms. These must comply with Chapter 4 of the Tucson Code.
         f.   Requests to increase the number of permitted are considered in accordance with Section 3.3.4, 100' Notice Procedure.
      4.   Location and Setback Requirements
         a.    and are prohibited in the buildable area extending the full width of the between the principal and the front . and their shelters are permitted in other .
         b.    six feet or less in height and sixteen square feet or less in area are not required to setback from side or rear , but are required to be behind the principal building and at least 20 feet from the on an property.
         c.    more than six feet in height and greater than 16 square feet in area must be set back in accordance with Section 6.6.2.D. Shelters shall also be at least 20 feet from the on an property. Exceptions: A is not required from or other types of or easements or when to a nonresidential use.
         d.   Requests to reduce the requirements for are considered in accordance with Section 3.3.4, 100' Notice Procedure, Section 3.11.1, Design Development Option, or Section 6.6.5.E.7,Existing Shelter Exemption.
      5.   The maximum permitted height of an is 12 feet.
      6.   Food, water, and other items that may attract coyotes, bobcats, javelinas and other predators must be kept in a secure location.
      7.   Existing Shelter Exemption
         a.    A shelter for that has existed prior to the effective date of the ordinance in a location that does not comply with the standards set in the ordinance may apply for an exemption from the affected and dimension standards of this section.
         b.    To qualify for the exemption the applicant must submit a PDSD accepted or plot plan and the shelter must meet the following criteria:
            (1)    There is proof from an aerial or other source of the shelter’s existence within the qualifying time.
            (2)    There are no applicable Code Enforcement violations involving the shelter for the past five years submitted by a property owner within 300 feet of the subject property.
            (3)    The shelter is accepted as meeting basic construction standards by PDSD.
         c.    PDSD shall establish a single fee to cover a single plan review and inspection.
         d.    This exemption terminates on January 9, 2018.
   F.   On- Sale of Agricultural Products Grown On-
   The accessory sale of agricultural products is permitted in accordance with the following:
      1.   Sales are limited to agricultural products grown on- , including produce and the eggs of raised on- ;
      2.   Outdoor sales of products grown on- are permitted;
      3.   On- sales are limited to the hours of 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.;
      4.   Number and Duration of Sales Events Permitted
         a.   In the residential, office, institutional reserve (IR), parking (P), and recreational vehicle (RV) and residential uses in nonresidential , the on-site sale of goods is restricted to no more than four advertised events per calendar year. An event shall not occur on more than three consecutive days. An “advertised event” is one in which the organizer advertises the sales event Citywide online, or in any newspaper;
         b.   In the commercial, mixed use, industrial, neighborhood commercial (NC), rural village center (RVC), and mixed use (MU) , there are no restrictions on the number and duration of sales events provided the sales are accessory to the growing of agricultural products;
         c.   The combination of yard sales and on- sale of agricultural products shall not exceed four (4) events per calendar year.
      5.   Temporary associated with the agricultural product sales, such as booths and awnings, are exempt from Sections 6.6.1.C and 6.6.3.B and may be located in the buildable area extending the full width of the between the principal and the front . The shall be removed at the end of the sales event.
(Ord. 11328, 12/8/2015; Am. Ord. 11732, 2/19/2020)