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Property Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2013

Government Code Provisions

Provisions Relating to the California Land Conservation Act of 1965 (The Williamson Act)

Chapter 7. Agricultural Land*

Article 2. Declaration

Section 51222

51222. Retaining of agricultural lands by local officials and landowners. The Legislature further declares that it is in the public interest for local officials and landowners to retain agricultural lands which are subject to contracts entered into pursuant to this act in parcels large enough to sustain agricultural uses permitted under the contracts. For purposes of this section, agricultural land shall be presumed to be in parcels large enough to sustain their agricultural use if the land is (1) at least 10 acres in size in the case of prime agricultural land, or (2) at least 40 acres in size in the case of land which is not prime agricultural land.

History.—Added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 1111, in effect January 1, 1985. Stats. 1985, Ch. 788, effective January 1, 1986, deleted "their" after "sustain", and substituted "uses permitted under the contracts" for "use" after "agricultural" in the first sentence of the first paragraph. Stats. 1990, Ch. 841, in effect January 1, 1991, deleted the former second paragraph which provided "This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 1991, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, which is chaptered before January 1, 1991, deletes or extends that date."

* Unless otherwise noted Chapter 7 was added by Stats. 1965, p. 3377, in effect September 17, 1965.