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Evacuation Pass - County of San Diego Agriculture and Livestock (Ag Pass Program)

What  is Ag Pass: Evacuation pass for farms and ranches.

Livestock

(You can do these with livestock animals)

Agriculture 

(You can work on the following)

Shelter Irrigation systems
Move or evacuate Farm equipment
Feed and Water Other essential infrastructure
Give veterinary care  

Why:  If you operate a commercial farm or ranch, you may need to evacuate in a wildfire or other emergency. An Ag Pass can potentially let you back into the restricted area to care for crops and animals. 

Law enforcement or fire officials will decide if it is safe for you to enter.  An Ag Pass does not guarantee you can go in. 

Who Can Apply:  The Ag Pass is for a commerical agriculture or livestock operation in San Diego County unicorporated areas.  You need documents to prove it is a commercial operation. Document Examples are listed on the application and in the FAQ below. 

Apply for an Ag Pass: 

   Fill out the Ag Pass Application (PDF)

   Llenar la solicitud del Pase Agricola (PDF)

Check map below to verify if your address falls in the unicorporated area.  If you live in Poway area you can apply here.

Training:  To receive an Ag Pass, you must take a training each year. After we accept your application, we will contact you to schedule a training.  The first training is four hours. The training covers fire safety and operations, how to evacuate, and how to avoid getting trapped. After the first year, you must take a one-hour refresher training to renew your pass each year. 

Ag Pass In-person Training (4HR Course) Sign up information on the attached Flyer  

Available Training Dates/Times:

April 16 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

April 18 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm

April 23 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Training Location: In- Person at 5560 Overland Ave, 4th Floor.,  Coronado Room

*Accommodations can be made for individuals that require the class in a language other than English or require an in-person session. Please let us know as soon as possible if this is the case.  

Eligibility Map

Ag-Pass Eligibility Area - Interactive Map

Unincorporated areas of San Diego County  

(shaded area of the map)

Click the Image for interactive map

Contact:

Ag Pass email:   Ag.Pass@sdcounty.ca.gov

County Fire: (858)974-5999

Depart of Agriculture, Weights and Measures: (858) 694-2739

 

How the Ag Pass Program Works

Ag Pass Flow Chart

Frequently asked questions

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  • What rules and restrictions apply?

    In accordance with State law, participation in the Ag Pass program is fully voluntary, and commercial livestock and agricultural eligible owners/operators cannot require employee involvement. 

    Ag Pass holders will not be permitted to perform other activities, including structural fire protection.

    Additionally, Ag Pass holders will be required to acknowledge the inherent risks and hazards associated with accessing restricted areas subject to official road closure as the result of a local emergency and agree to indemnify and hold the County of San Diego harmless from any potential liability.

    An evacuation order requires the immediate movement of people out of an affected area due to an imminent threat to health and safety. Even if an individual possesses an Ag Pass, they will be required to evacuate the area.

    After an evacuation, access back into the hazardous areas may be restricted by a soft or hard road closure. Only emergency personnel and law enforcement are allowed access to an area during a hard closure.

    During a soft closure, the Incident Commander/Unified Command and coordinating emergency agencies will monitor the affected area and to determine when conditions are safe enough to transition to a soft closure and allow Ag Pass holders into the affected area.

    If deemed safe, Ag Pass holders will receive a phone, text, and email notification that they may proceed to a law enforcement roadblock and present their pass.

    Individuals will only be granted access during daylight hours and are not permitted to stay overnight while an evacuation order remains in place.

    Access by Ag Pass holders and others will be guided by safety considerations, determined by fire and law enforcement officials.

    You cannot require employees to enter a restricted area.

  • What are the training requirements?

    If you have an Ag Pass, you must take a training each year.  Trainings are posted as they become available.

    The first training is four hours. The training covers fire safety and operations, how to evacuate, and how to avoid getting trapped.

    After the first year, you must take a one-hour refresher training each year

    After we accept your application, we will contact you to schedule a training.

  • Who can use an Ag Pass?

    The Ag Pass is for employees with management responsibilities. Employees who enter must:

    ·         Have the manager’s authority to oversee care of livestock or crops.

    ·         Have manager responsibilities as part of their regular job. Their duties need to be in a job description written at least 90 days before the emergency.

    ·         Earn a salary at least double the state minimum wage for full-time employment.

    You cannot require employees to enter a restricted area.

  • What information do I need for my application?

    Fill out the Ag Pass Application (PDF)

    Provide the following information

    • Business name and applicant name
    • Contact info and address. Includes parcel number (APN) or latitude and longitude.
    • 2 forms of verification to show it is a commercial operation. 
    • Estimated acres or number of livestock.
    • If you are including a managerial employee, we need an emergency plan and insurance documentation.
    • Signed Waiver and Release Agreement

     Email the application to  Ag.Pass@sdcounty.ca.gov

    We will contact you when we approve the pass and schedule training.

  • What are the acceptable documents to prove it is a commercial operation?

    Document examples:

    • Redacted tax forms or other business documentation (LLC/partnership/incorporation)
    • County Agriculture, Weights and Measures-issued Operator ID
    • Restricted Materials Pesticide Permit
    • Certified Producer Certificate
    • California State Organic Program Registration
    • California Department of Agriculture Livestock Identification Number
    • Industry Association Letter
    • USDA Documentation for Commercial Livestock Producer
    • USDA Farm Services Agency Farm Number
    • Permitted equestrian facility
    • Brand # and/or Brand Certification Documentation
    • USDA Documentation for Commercial Livestock Producer
  • What you cannot do with an Ag Pass?

    You cannot enter to protect your home or other buildings.