Planning & Regulating Agritourism
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California counties bear the primary responsibility for regulating agritourism operations on agricultural land within their boundaries, often working with stakeholders to revise policies and zoning ordinances. This section shares research, examples of agritourism policies in general plans and wording of agritourism ordinances, as well as state agritourism regulations and guidelines.
- Agricultural Home-stays (Farm-stays) Guidelines (PDF)
State Environmental Health guidelines, revised in 2008, allow farmer and rancher hosts to serve meals to agricultural home-stay guests from kitchens with less restrictive requirements than those for commercial kitchens, as permitted by counties or cities.
- El Dorado County Winery Ordinance, adopted 2015
- Adopting regulations to meet changing needs
Janet Caprile, farm advisor, UC Cooperative Extension Contra Costa County