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Tiered Winery Ordinance

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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) has prepared the attached 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.  


Ordinance revisions are shown in “Strike-out/Underline”.  Deletions have been struck-out and new additions are underlined.   

Draft Ordinance


January 17, 2014 Workshop Presentation 


Staff Contact:

Email: Joe Farace

(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 of San Diego 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


Links to additional information and reports:

Minute Order

Final Ordinance

Board Report

EIR Responses

Final EIR

EIR Appendices

Summary Table - Tiered Winery Ordinance