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Policy Summary

Allows and establishes standards for farm retail sales. Provides zoning permit requirements relating to minimum/maximum parcel size, building permits, onsite/incidental sales, hours of operation, food safety, etc. Allows sampling of fresh produce and prepackaged processed foods grown on site (in compliance with a retail food facility permit).

Background Information

State California
Jurisdiction Name Sonoma County
Jurisdiction Type County,
Population Size 200,000-800,000
Legal Strategies
  • Expressly allows something
  • Requires something, sets standards
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Grow; Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
No

Health-related goal?
Yes

Refers to increasing and encouraging "opportunities for access to healthy food," "food safety." §§ 26-88-215(a) and (c)(7).

Environmental goal?
Yes

Refers to minimizing potential environmental impacts. § 26-88-215(a).

Economic goal?
Yes

Refers to "improv[ing] the economic viability of farming enterprises." § 26-88-215(a).

Includes findings?
No

Has a stated intent or purpose?
Yes

"This section establishes standards for year-round on-farm retail sales to encourage and increase opportunities for access to healthy foods, support continued use of agricultural lands for agricultural production, improve the economic viability of farming enterprises, while retaining the rural character of agricultural areas and ensuring the potential for land use conflicts and environmental impacts are minimized." § 26-88-215(a).

Includes definitions?
Yes

§26-02-140.

Addresses implementation?
No

Enforcement provisions?
No

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra investment?
No

Code context and ordinance history

Chapter 26 (Sonoma County Zoning Regulations); Article 88 (General Exceptions and Special Use Standards). Ordinances: Ord. No. 6081, § VIII(Exh. B), 7-29-2014).