TEHAMA COUNTY, Calif - Your wedding day is one of the most important days in any person’s life, from the flowers to the ring to the venue, everything has to be perfect.
Happily Ever After sounds like a dream come true to many but in Tehama County for those wedding venues if they don't get their use permit it could all be gone in a snap.
"Most likely we wouldn’t shut down an event mid-event but we would be asking them to get their permits,” said Tehama County Chief Administrator Bill Goodwin.
The Tehama County Board of Supervisors just adopted a new ordinance that will go into effect as of Jan. 1.
The ordinance will put new restrictions on weddings, event venues and wineries.
The goal is to regulate the industry which up to this time was running on their own rules.
"One of the key factors of this ordinance is to identify the sensitive receptors and residential units around them, those kinds of things, so it’s something that works for that community,” Goodwin said.
Action News Now spoke with Heart S. Ranch Wedding and Event Venue owner Kristi Steadman to find out what she thought about the change.
“Once I read it and went to a few of the meetings I realized it was really a good thing for Tehama County to have this ordinance in my opinion weddings are a huge business here and that’s really exciting but it’s really important that everyone is on the same page,” Steadman said.
She said when she bought her property two years ago she already had her use permit just in case and now hopes all the other venues can work with the board of supervisors to get theirs too to bring business, tourism and Happily Ever Afters.
“As far as being a venue they want all of us to succeed and I think there will be more venues popping up and it’s a huge wedding business in this area so we're all very excited, " Steadman said.
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