Is it possible to own land and not build on it in California?

Yes, it is possible to own land and not build on it in California. As long as the land is zoned for residential or commercial use and the owner has the necessary permits and approvals, they are legally allowed to not build on the land.

However, depending on the zoning and local regulations, there may be certain requirements that the landowner must meet, such as maintaining the land, paying property taxes, and following any other regulations that may apply. Additionally, if the land is located within certain areas, such as in a wildfire zone, there may be additional regulations related to fire safety, erosion control, and other environmental concerns that the landowner must comply with.

It’s also worth noting that if the land is not zoned for residential or commercial use, it may be considered to be “open space” or “agricultural land,” and may have different regulations and requirements.

It’s always best to consult with a land use attorney or the local planning and zoning department to understand the specific regulations and requirements that apply to your land in California.