Applications for establishment, modification, or disestablishment of an agricultural preserve, and/or for a new or replacement contract should be submitted by May 1 of each year to allow ample processing time by the end of the year.
A new or replacement contract must be recorded on or prior to December 31 to affect the property’s assessment on January 1 for the following tax year.
Sonoma County’s Land Conservation Act program has four types of contracts:
- Prime contracts for crop agriculture with a 10-acre minimum parcel size requirement,
- Non-Prime contracts for grazing with a 40-acre minimum,
- Open Space contracts with a 40-acre minimum, and
- Hybrid contracts with a mix of agricultural and open space land, also with a 40-acre minimum.
To be considered for a contract, the land to be restricted by the requested contract(s) must be in a designated Agricultural Preserve. Enlargement of an existing Agricultural Preserve or establishment of a new Agricultural Preserve to include the land requested for contract is processed simultaneously with the Land Conservation Contract application. At least 100 acres of land area is required to establish a new Agricultural Preserve, unless otherwise authorized by the Board of Supervisors. Agricultural Preserves may only contain land zoned Land Intensive Agriculture (LIA), Land Extensive Agriculture (LEA), Diverse Agricultural (DA), or Resources and Rural Development (RRD).
PJR-105 Joint Application for Agricultural Preserve Establishment or Modification and New or Replacement Land Conservation Contract (AGP-LCC)
Multiple new or replacement contracts may be requested in a single application.
The land proposed to be restricted by a single contract must be comprised of a single legal parcel.
A replacement contract is generally required following approval of a lot line adjustment or subdivision for each affected or resulting lot.
Permit Sonoma will make every effort to process multiple related applications from the same owner together, provided that all required application materials and information has been submitted to allow joint processing.
More Information: PJR-104, Land Conservation Act Program General Information