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.

A public workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 from 10 am – 12 pm at the County Operations Center Hearing Room, 5520 Overland Avenue, San Diego, CA 92123.  

The workshop will be available streaming live on the web at the following link: http://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/pds/zanext.html, scroll down and click the “LIVE” tab  [you may need to download “Microsoft Silverlight” on your computer before viewing the webcast]. 

The workshop will be recorded and will be available for later viewing at this same web link


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