California Farmland Conservation Program (Williamson Act) Updated:11/2021

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.

Funding Source(s) and Dollars Available:
This round of the program will be funded by the Safe Neighborhoods, Clean Water, Clean Air, and Coastal Protection Act of 2000 (Proposition 12), California Clean Water, Clean Air, Safe Neighborhood Parks, and Coastal Protection Act of 2002 (Proposition 40), and California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018 (Proposition 68). About $6.5?? million in funding is expected to be available. 

Contact California Farmland Conservation Program (Williamson Act)

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Contact California Farmland Conservation Program (Williamson Act)

John Lowrie
Division of Land Resource Protection
715 P Street, MS 1904
Sacramento, CA  95814
Phone: (916) 324-0850
Fax: (916) 327-3430

Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • California