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 as part of a larger Zoning Ordinance Cleanup project in an  effort to clarify the intent of the ordinance and to resolve discrepancies with existing ordinance language.  


Staff Contact: Joe Farace at (858) 694-3690


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