Winery & Farm Brewery Ordinance

Placer County is the lead agency for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Winery and Farm Brewery Zoning Text Amendment Project in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Section 15082.

The proposed project consists of a revision to the existing Winery Ordinance that regulates wineries located in unincorporated Placer County. The existing Winery Ordinance consists of Section 17.56.330 (Wineries) and Section 17.04.030 (Definitions) of the Placer County Code. Generally, the proposed amendments include the following substantive changes:

  • Add definition of “Farm Brewery” to the Ordinance
  • Amend “Winery” definition to reference appropriate California Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) license
  • Add definition of “Tasting Room” to the Ordinance
  • Modify definition of “Event” in the Ordinance
  • Define new 10-acre minimum parcel size requirements for Production-only Facilities and Tasting Rooms
  • Create table outlining “Event” allowances, maximum capacity, and use permit requirement
  • Clarify hours of operation of all facilities
  • Update the potable water standards for facility water systems
  • Update the wastewater disposal standards for all facilities
  • Update the standards for facility access roadways
  • Add “Accessory Use - Restaurant” as allowable land use subject to CUP

See the Winery and Farm Brewery page for more information regarding the project.

  1. Final EIR (TBD)
  2. Draft EIR
  3. NOP of EIR
Preparation of the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) will begin after the close of the 45-day Draft EIR comment period.