On October 22, 2019 the Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance regulating the cultivation of cannabis. The new ordinance allows eligible individuals and business entities to apply for a permit to engage in commercial cultivation on parcels of 20 acres or more that are zoned U, RA, A1, AP and GF. It also allows for consideration of a conditional use permit for cultivation on parcels between 10 and 20 acres in the same zones. Indoor cultivation is also permitted in the industrial zones of M1, M2 and M4. Limited indoor cultivation is also permitted in the CP zone as a part of a cannabis retailer operation, and permitted cultivators with self-distribution licenses will be allowed to transport their own cannabis in accordance with state law.
The number of cultivation permit applications that will be accepted is limited to the number of growers who previously registered under the urgency ordinance program, had not withdrawn the registration or had it denied, and had either received a state license or had a state license application submitted and in process before being halted when the previous county-wide ban went into effect. The ability of an eligible grower to apply for a permit is transferable to another qualified applicant, as are the permits themselves. The ordinance also regulates cannabis cultivation for personal use. Manufacturing, testing, and distribution other than self-distribution is prohibited. Retailers are regulated under Chapter 17.91 of the County Code.
There are numerous development standards and requirements that must be met that are contained in the ordinance. NO CULTIVATION WILL BE PERMITTED UNTIL ALL REQUIREMENTS ARE SATISFIED, A STATE LICENSE IS ISSUED, AND THE PERMIT IS VALIDATED. Please review the ordinance carefully prior to submitting an application to understand what those requirements are.
To learn about the basics of regulatory compliance select “Ordinances” from the menu and then “Regulatory Compliance.” To download a pre-application form and pre-application instructions select “Applications” below. Please also carefully review Chapter 17.95, the commercial cannabis ordinance that was adopted by the Board of Supervisors.