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.

On February 5, 2016, the Planning Commission voted to recommend that the Board of Supervisors approve staff's proposed amendments to the Winery Ordinance with the modification to the Boutique Winery tier to permit wine to be imported as part of the 25 percent out-of-County allowance, and that the Ordinance be modified to specify that sourced wine from within San Diego consist of wine made with San Diego County grapes.


The Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the proposed amendments to the Tiered Winery Ordinance on April 27, 2016, beginning at 9:00am. The Board Letter and Attachments will be available one week prior to the hearing on the Clerk of the Board website: 


Staff Contact: Heather Steven at (858) 495-5802


Project Background

Two public workshops were held, the first on January 17, 2014, and the other on July 1, 2015.

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 discussion and comments. Based on input received from stakeholders and County Departments, staff made further revisions to the draft ordinance.

A revised draft ordinance was available for 45-day public review and comment form October 9, 2015, to November 23, 2015.

To review the February 5, 2016, Planning Commission Staff Report and Attachments, go to:
http://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/pds/PC/160205-Supporting-Documents.html  (scroll to Item 3)

The Planning Commission Hearing video is available at:
http://www.sandiegocounty.gov/pds/PC/sop/PCHearing_stream.html  (scroll down to February 5, 2016 hearing)



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
Final Amended Ordinance (4-27-16)
Board Report
Part 1 EIR Responses
Part 2 Final EIR
Part 3 EIR Appendices