Permits are required from the Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office for new vineyards and replanting of existing vineyards. Depending on site slopes and soils, vineyard development projects are separated into two types, Level 1 and Level 2.
Level 1 submittals for vineyard development are fairly straight forward and require a USGS Quad Map exhibit, aerial photo of the proposed vineyard development, completed application, and a biological assessment of the project area performed by a biologist. Having the biological assessment performed is typically the first step so that any sensitive areas can be avoided during the plan development phase.
Level 2 submittals are much more involved and have requirements in addition to the submittal documents for a Level 1 vineyard. All Level 2 projects require an erosion control plan developed by a civil engineer. Level 2 projects also require an analysis of the project drainage to determine if pipe systems or retention basins should be considered for the project. Lastly, if trees are proposed to be removed as a part of the project, soil loss calculations must be performed to verify that there will be no increase in soil loss in the post development condition.
Planning Your Vineyard Development Project
The BC Engineering Group staff has designed plans for new vineyards and replants for hundreds of properties in Northern California; we know the permitting process and can serve all vineyard development needs. As a leading civil engineering and vineyard design firm, we guide vineyard developments from planning to construction. Take advantage of our experience and contact us today for your vineyard and land development needs, we are here to help.
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