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Policy Summary

This law regulates farmers' markets in the Santa Monica Mountains Coastal Zone District (Coastal Zone). It regulates where farmers' markets may be located within the district (subject to receiving some type of coastal development permit). It addresses requirements including EBT acceptance for CalFresh participants, trash, noise, inspections, required permits, etc. In addition it sets parking requirements, which are reduced for farmers' markets located near a transit line or bus stop, etc.

Background Information

State California
Jurisdiction Name L.A. County
Jurisdiction Type County,
Population Size 800,000+
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
  • Expressly allows something
Reach Limited scope
It only applies to a specific geographic location (the Santa Monica Mountains segment of the County's coastal zone).
Food System Category Distribute; Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
Yes

See this language: "Farmers' markets shall accept CalFresh benefits via electronic benefit transfer ("EBT") card in addition to accepting other forms of payment." § 22.44.1522(F).

Health-related goal?
No

Environmental goal?
Unclear

Law prohibits farmers' markets from operating in certain "habitat areas." § 22.44.1521 (B).

Economic goal?
Yes

See this language: "Farmers' markets shall accept CalFresh benefits via electronic benefit transfer ("EBT") card in addition to accepting other forms of payment." § 22.44.1522(F).

Includes findings?
No

Has a stated intent or purpose?
Yes

"The purpose of these provisions is to facilitate the establishment and operation of farmers' markets and to ensure their compatibility with surrounding uses by establishing development standards." § 22.44.1520.

Includes definitions?
Yes

§ 22.44.630.

Addresses implementation?
Unclear

The law provides requirements pertaining parking, application materials and covenants for recordation that are impliedly approved by the Director of the department of regional planning . § 22.44.1523 -.1525.

Enforcement provisions?
Yes

"Each violation determined to be an infraction by this ["Local Implementation Program"] shall be punishable by a fine of $100 for the first violation. Subsequent violations of the same provision of this LIP shall be punishable by a fine of $200 for the second violation and $500 for the third violation in a 12-month period as provided by applicable law. The fourth and any further violations of the same provision of this LIP which are committed at any time within a 12-month period from the date of the commission of the first violation shall be deemed misdemeanors, regardless of the dates of conviction of the first three violations. The three infraction violations which are the basis for the fourth and any further violations being misdemeanors may be brought and tried together. The increased penalties set forth in this section for subsequent violations shall be applicable whether said subsequent violations are brought and tried together with the underlying previous violations or separately therefrom." § 22.44.690(D)(2). See also, § 22.60.340.

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra investment?
No

Code context and ordinance history

Sections 22.44.1520 to 22.44.1525 (Farmers' Markets) are located in Title 22 (Planning and Zoning), Division I (Planning and Zoning), Chapter 22.44 (Supplemental Districts), Part 10 (Santa Monica Mountains Local Implementation Program - Farmers Markets). History: Ord. 2017-0012 § 20, 2017; Ord. 2014-0055 § 9, 2014.