Laws, Regulations & Annotations

Property Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2017

Additional Government Code Provisions

Provisions Relating to the Open-Space Easement Act of 1974

Chapter 6.6. Open-Space Easements*

Article 3. General Provisions

Section 51081

51081. Effect of acceptance. The execution and acceptance of a deed or other instrument described in subdivision (d) of Section 51075 shall constitute a dedication to the public of the open-space character of the lands for the term specified. Any such easement and covenant shall run for a term of not less than 10 years. An open-space easement for a term of years shall provide that on the anniversary date of the acceptance of the open-space easement or on such other annual date as specified by the deed or other instrument described in subdivision (d) of Section 51075, a year shall be added automatically to the initial term unless a notice of nonrenewal is given as provided in Section 51091.

History.—Stats. 1975, Ch. 224, p. 600, in effect January 1, 1976, substituted "deed or other instrument described in subdivision (d) of Section 51075" for "contract" in the third sentence.

* Chapter 6.6 was added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 1003, p. 2154, in effect January 1, 1975. Sec. 10 thereof provided no payment by state to local governments because of this act.

Note.—Section 11 of Stats. 1974, Ch. 1003, p. 2161, provided that the provisions of this act shall be given prospective application only and shall not be construed in a manner which would impair the obligation of any existing open-space easement or scenic restriction entered into prior to January 1, 1975. Land subject to any such easement or restriction on such date shall continue to be assessed under Article 1.5 (commencing with Section 421) of Chapter 3 of Part 2 of Division 1 of the Revenue and Taxation Code so long as such land otherwise qualifies for assessment under such article and qualifies under Chapter 6.5 (commencing with Section 51050) of Part 1 of Division 1 of Title 5 of, or under Chapter 12 (commencing with Section 6950) of Division 7 of Title 1 of, the Government Code.