On Sept. 27, 1990, the title of the A-2 classification changed from “General Agriculture” to “Rural Agriculture”. 

Purpose and intent:  The purpose and intent of the A-2 Rural Agriculture Classification is to preserve and protect rural areas of the county that have some agricultural value, but which are also suitable for rural estate living. 

In order to ensure the long term vitality of agricultural uses and natural resources, all agricultural uses are encouraged to utilize the natural resource conservation service (formerly the soil conservation service) best management techniques and other agricultural best management practices.

 Permitted principal uses and structures:  In the A-2 Rural Agriculture Classification, no premises shall be used except for the following uses and their customary accessory uses or structures: 

Except for those permitted special exceptions listed hereunder, all agricultural pursuits, including the processing, packaging, storage and sale of agriculture products which are raised on the premises.

Aquaculture operations in which there are no associated excavations.
Boat docks not exceeding 500 square feet.
Communication towers not exceeding 70 feet in height above ground level.
Essential utility services.
Exempt excavations
Exempt landfills (refer to subsection 72-293(16)).
Fire stations.
Hobby breeder.
Home occupations, class A (refer to section 72-283).
Houses of worship.
Parks and recreation areas accessory to residential developments.
Public schools.
Publicly owned parks and recreational areas.
Publicly owned or regulated water supply wells.
Silvicultural operations which follow the most up to date state-prescribed best management practices.
Single-family standard or manufactured modular dwelling.
Tailwater recovery systems.
Worm raising.

Permitted special exceptions:  Additional regulations/requirements governing permitted special exceptions are located in sections 72-293 and 72-415 of this article. 

Air curtain incinerators (refer to subsection 72-293(17)).
Animal hospitals.
Animal shelters.
Aquaculture operations in which there are nonexempt excavations (refer to subsection 72-293(15)).
Bed and breakfast (refer to subsection 72-293(19)).
Cemeteries (refer to subsection 72-293(4)).
Communication towers exceeding 70 feet in height above ground level.
Day care centers (refer to subsection 72-293(6)).
Dogs and cats boarded as personal pets exceeding the number permitted in subsection 72-306(a).
Equestrian/livestock event facility.
Farm worker living facility (refer to subsection 72-293(11)).
Fish, hunting or nonprofit organization camps.
Fixed-wing aircraft landing fields and helipads.
Garage apartments.
Gas and oil wells.
Group home (refer to subsection 72-293(12)).
Hog and poultry farms.
Home occupations, class B (refer to section 72-283).
Junkyards (refer to subsection 72-293(10)).
Livestock feed lots.
Mobile home dwelling as a temporary residence while building a standard or manufactured dwelling (maximum duration of 18 months).
Nonexempt excavations (refer to subsection 72-293(15)).
Off-street parking areas (refer to subsection 72-293(14)).
Processing, packaging, storage, retail or wholesale sales of agricultural products not raised on the premises.
Public uses not listed as a permitted principal use.
Public utility uses and structures (refer to subsection 72-293(1)).
Railroad yards, sidings and terminals.
Recreational areas (refer to subsection 72-293(3)).
Riding stables.
Sawmills and planing mills.
Schools, parochial or private (refer to subsection 72-293(4)).
Speedways, racetracks and motorized vehicle, motorcross courses.
Temporary campsites for three days before, during and three days after any regularly scheduled racing event at the Daytona Beach International Speedway for Speedweeks, Biketoberfest, the Pepsi 400, and Bike Week, on condition that security, portable toilets, garbage disposal and potable water facilities sufficient to accommodate all occupants and other relevant conditions are provided. Related special events and sales are allowed, if approved as part of the special exception.
Veterinary clinics.
Wholesale or retail fertilizer sales.

Dimensional requirements:   

Minimum lot size:   
Area: Five acres.
Width: 150 feet.

Minimum yard size:   
Front yard: 50 feet.
Rear yard: 50 feet.
Side yard: 25 feet.
Waterfront yard: 50 feet.

Maximum building height:  45 feet. 

Maximum lot coverage:  The total lot area covered with principal and accessory buildings shall not exceed 35 percent. 

Minimum floor area:  750 square feet. 

Off-street parking and loading requirements:  Off-street parking and loading areas meeting the requirements of sections 72-286 and 72-287 shall be constructed. 

Skirting requirement for mobile home dwelling:  The area between the ground and floor of the mobile home dwelling shall be enclosed with skirting. 


Sec. 72-280. – Erection of more than one principal structure on a lot.

In the FR, RC, A-1, A-2, A-3, A-4, OTR, ORE, OCR, and MH-3 classifications, a principal structure, other than a residential dwelling, may be erected on a parcel, provided, such structure is designed, constructed and used solely for one or more of the following agricultural purposes: Livestock shelters or buildings; poultry buildings or shelters; barns; storage of equipment and machinery used in agriculture; horticultural structures, including detached production greenhouses and crop protection shelters or stables; or, is constructed on a property which satisfies the eligibility criteria for appraisal, assessment and taxation as agricultural parcel. Nothing in this section shall allow the construction of more than one principal, standard or manufactured, single-family or mobile home dwelling on a parcel. The following guidelines apply to parcels having no agricultural exemption:
Electric permits are limited to 60 amps, provided, that a property owner may request an additional service size based on a service demand calculation associated with equipment use.
Minimum parcel size shall be five acres.


Q. In residential zoning, can I build a garage or storage shed before I build my house?
Only if you have obtained a building permit for single family dwelling (the principal structure) first. In agricultural zones, a principal structure may consist of a barn or other agricultural building.


604.50 Nonresidential farm buildings; farm fences; farm signs.—(1) Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, any nonresidential farm building, farm fence, or farm sign that is located on lands used for bona fide agricultural purposes is exempt from the Florida Building Code and any county or municipal code or fee, except for code provisions implementing local, state, or federal floodplain management regulations. A farm sign located on a public road may not be erected, used, operated, or maintained in a manner that violates any of the standards provided in s. 479.11(4), (5)(a), and (6)-(8).
(2) As used in this section, the term:(a) “Bona fide agricultural purposes” has the same meaning as provided in s. 193.461(3)(b).
(b) “Farm” has the same meaning as provided in s. 823.14.
(c) “Farm sign” means a sign erected, used, or maintained on a farm by the owner or lessee of the farm which relates solely to farm produce, merchandise, or services sold, produced, manufactured, or furnished on the farm.
(d) “Nonresidential farm building” means any temporary or permanent building or support structure that is classified as a nonresidential farm building on a farm under s. 553.73(10)(c) or that is used primarily for agricultural purposes, is located on land that is an integral part of a farm operation or is classified as agricultural land under s. 193.461, and is not intended to be used as a residential dwelling. The term may include, but is not limited to, a barn, greenhouse, shade house, farm office, storage building, or poultry house.