Urban Garden Application Requirements

Threshold criteria:

  1. Minimum of 5 independent households committed to creating, maintaining and sustaining this community garden.

  2. Garden Manager - contact information of the garden group leader.

  3. Garden Sponsor Organization - non-profit authorized to enter into a licensure agreement with the City of Atlanta and serve as the garden group's fiscal sponsor.

  4. Submit a "Creating a Community Garden" worksheet and "AgLanta Grows-A-Lot Urban Garden Application" form.

  5. Indicate team is prepared to: acquire garden general liability insurance (1 million), complete the City of Atlanta's Urban Garden SAP Permit (Site Plan + Management Plan) before licensure granted.

Photo credits - Food Well Alliance, Park Pride, Truly Living Well, Historic Westside Gardens, West End Urban Garden and Nursery. 


Qualified AgLanta Grows-A-Lot Urban Garden Applicants must complete the 5-step application process outlined in the AgLanta Grows-A-Lot Adoption Process .  

Step 1-3: Urban Garden Application Process                                                                     

1) Complete the "AgLanta Grows-A-Lot Site Inquiry" online form to ask about a site, or sign up for an open house. 

2)  Participate in an open house (site visit + information session) for the property of interest. 

3) Submit an "AgLanta Grow-A-Lot Urban Garden Application" and "Creating a Community Garden" worksheet. 

Please reference  AgLanta Resources  and "Recommended Urban Ag Uses " for the site in your application. Let's partner to grow a safe, equitable and resilient food system! 

Step 4: Urban Garden Review Process

Review Period:  (TBD in 2020).

Applicants that meet 100% of the threshold requirements are awarded an Urban Garden Site on a first come, first serve basis. 

  • If multiple request for the same site are received simultaneously, preference points will be awarded to applicants who have a:

  1. Higher percentage of garden group applicants who live, work, or own a business within one mile of the site.

  2. Graduated from a regional garden training program (Ex: Truly Living Well, HABESHA, Georgia Organics, UGA, Global Growers, apprenticed with a local garden or farm etc.)

  • If established criteria do not produce a clear candidate, CoA will hold a lottery to assign site.

Applicants will be notified if they have been selected by (TBD in 2020).Garden Team Applicants - please prepare to attend AgLanta Academy if you are selected. 


Step 5: Submitting Urban Garden SAP, Licensure Agreement, Proof of Insurance

Requirements for Adoption Finalized: (TBD 2020)

AgLanta Grows-A-Lot Adopters must submit: 

  1. " Urban Garden SAP": (Site Plan + Management Plan): plans must adhere to approved urban agriculture uses for that site; CoA Urban Agriculture Ordinance; and CoA Bee City Resolution. (*AgLanta Team can assist at AgLanta Academy.)

  2. Five-year "Licensure Agreement" between the Garden Sponsor Organization and City of Atlanta.

  3. "Certificate of General Liability Insurance" in the amount of no less than $1 million with the City of Atlanta listed as an additionally insured party. ( * Groundwork Atlanta can cover your insurance at no cost to your urban garden!)


Submit AgLanta Grows-A-Lot Urban Garden forms to: 

Attn: Elizabeth Beak, or deliver to City of Atlanta Department of City Planning,  55 Trinity Ave. SW, Suite 3500 Atlanta, GA 30303



The following application administration and license fees will be paid at the time the license agreement is finalized:

Five-year license administrative fee and annual license fee for 5-year adoption. (waived/ $1). 

Water meter at site/back flow ($0.00 paid for by City )

Insurance ( $0.00 -  paid by Groundwork Atlanta)

Urban Agriculture SAP ($30.00/year).

Provide a check payable to:

“City of Atlanta” in the form of cash, credit card, personal/cashier check, or money order.