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Solar-Use Easements

Senate Bill 618

In December 2013, the Department of Conservation submitted official regulations to the Office of Administrative Law to adopt 18 sections to Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations, which establishes the procedures, fees, standards, and criteria for solar-use easements. The regulations clarify SB 618 language and the Department of Conservation’s role in implementing the solar-use easement statute.  Through these procedures, solar-use easement agreements may be approved between cities or counties and agricultural landowners that are parties to Land Conservation and Farmland Security Zone Act contracts, as provided in SB 618. 

2014 Official Regulations - Effective Feburary 1, 2014 - New!

In December 2013, the Department of Conservation submitted official regulations to the Office of Administrative Law to adopt 18 sections to Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations, which establishes the procedures, fees, standards, and criteria for solar-use easements between agricultural landowners and cities and counties that are parties to Land Conservation and Farmland Security Zone Act contracts, as provided in SB 618.  These regulations are meant to implement the State statute.

The official text of the new regulations, the Statement of Reasons, and the Addendum to the Statement of Reasons are now available. 

Additional information is contained in the complete text of SB 618 (Wolk, Chapter 596, Statutes of 2011), and the Department's general advice for parties interested in pursuing a solar-use easement on lands currently under a Williamson Act contract:

Senate Bill 618 – Advice for Applicants, Cities, and Counties   Updated

For additional information regarding Solar-Use Easements, or the Williamson Act Program, please call 916-324-0850, or email dlrp@conservation.ca.gov.

Other Information That May Be of Assistance

For more information regarding the rulemaking process, please refer to the Office of Administrative Law.