Williamson Act Program

​New! 2023 Open Office Hours

Department of Conservation's Williamson Act Program is happy to announce we will be hosting open office hours on the third Thursday of each month. Join Division of Land Resource Protection (DLRP) Williamson Act team for technical assistance on all things Williamson Act. These hour-long virtual sessions will cover a different focus on a topic of the month, followed by open Q&A.

Contact LCA@conservation.ca.gov​ to be added to the mailing list for more information.​

February Open Office Hours ​

Thursday, February 16, 2023, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.
Focus Topic: SB 1489 (2023) Solar Use Easements

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Agenda:
  1. Focus topic: Senate Bill 1489 and the reinstatement of Solar Use Easements​
  2. Q&A with Williamson Act subject matter experts (open for any questions from attendees). 
  3. Tell us what focus topics and subjects for future office hours, webinars, and workshops you are interested in! ​

About the Williamson Act​

The Williamson Act, also known as the California Land Conservation Act of 1965, enables local governments to enter into contracts with private landowners for the purpose of restricting specific parcels of land to agricultural or related open space use.  In return, landowners receive property tax assessments which are much lower than normal because they are based upon farming and open space uses as opposed to full market value. 

The Department of Conservation assists all levels of government, and landowners in the interpretation of the Williamson Act related government code.  The Department also researches, publishes and disseminates information regarding the policies, purposes, procedures, and administration of the Williamson Act according to government code.  Participating counties and cities are required to establish their own rules and regulations regarding implementation of the Act within their jurisdiction.  These rules include but are not limited to: enrollment guidelines, acreage minimums, enforcement procedures, allowable uses, and compatible uses.

Contact Us

​In the department's continuing effort to migrate to a paperless environment, all Williamson Act questions and/or environmental documents for review can be emailed to the Department at LCA@conservation.ca.gov.​