Planning & Building
James A. Bergman
Deputy Director, Permitting
Deputy Director, Policies and Programs
The objectives of the San Luis Obispo County Agricultural Preserve Program, as provided by the California Land Conservation Act of 1965 or Williamson Act, are to protect agricultural lands for continued production of food and fiber and limited types of land devoted to open-space and recreational uses.
An agricultural preserve is established by landowner request in an area devoted to an agricultural use, recreational use, and/or an open-space use as defined in and established in accordance with the California Land Conservation Act of 1965. Establishment of an agricultural preserve is a prerequisite for landowners to enter into land conservation contracts with the county (or a city). A land conservation contract is a contract entered into by and between the property owner and lien holders (if any) and the county (or a city) to enforceably restrict the use of the land for agricultural and compatible uses for a minimum term of 10 years or more. To apply for an Agricultural Preserve, select:
The Rules of Procedure outline the process used by the County of San Luis Obispo for implementing the California Land Conservation Act of 1965.
Proposed Amendment to the Rules of Procedure
Policy Guide for Land Development and the Williamson Act.