Tiered Winery Ordinance


On August 4, 2010, the Board of Supervisors approved Zoning Ordinance Amendments to establish a Tiered Winery Ordinance. A primary component of the ordinance was the creation of a Boutique Winery tier, which allowed for tasting rooms in conjunction with ongoing agricultural vineyard operations.

Since its adoption, a number of issues have arisen that affect the adequate implementation of the ordinance. Planning & Development Services (PDS) is working on draft amendments to the Tiered Winery Ordinance in an effort to clarify the intent of the ordinance and to resolve discrepancies with existing ordinance language.

Two public workshops were held, the first on January 17, 2014 and another on July 1, 2015. A draft Ordinance Amendment was provided on June 26, 2015 for discussion and comments.  Based on input received from stakeholders and County Departments, staff has revised the draft ordinance amendment. 

The revised draft ordinance is available for 45-day public review beginning October 9, 2015.  Comments are due no later than 4:00 pm on Monday, November 23, 2015

DRAFT ORDINANCE (October 9, 2015 version)

Comments may be submitted via email to Heather Lingelser


The public workshops were recorded and are available for viewing on the web at the following links:

January 17, 2014- click here   
July 1, 2015- click here

A draft ordinance was provided to the public on June 26, 2015 for review and comment. 

DRAFT ORDINANCE (June 26, 2015 version)

Staff Contact: Joe Farace at (858) 694-3690 or Heather Lingelser at (858) 495-5802

POD-08-012 (Existing Winery Ordinance Information)

On August 4, 2010 the Board of Supervisors adopted the Tiered Winery Ordinance an amendment to better regulate winery operations in the County with a tiered system of permitting depending on the amount of wine produced/size of the operation.

Project schedule:

Planning Commission: April 25, 2010 and June 25, 2010

Board of Supervisors: August 4, 2010

Additional information:

Minute Order
Final Ordinance
Board Report
Part 1 EIR Responses
Part 2 Final EIR
Part 3 EIR Appendices