County of Santa Barbara Long Range Planning Division

Cannabis Land Use Ordinance

The County of Santa Barbara does not have a permit/license process established for commercial cannabis at this time. To receive an update on when we expect to start accepting permits/licenses sign-up for the email list below.

Ordinances

Final adopted Cannabis Land Use Ordinances can be found at the following links:

Santa Barbara County Land Use and Development Code

Montecito Land Use and Development Code

Coastal Zoning Ordinance (Not effective till Coastal Commission Certification)

Background

The Board of Supervisors has directed staff to develop comprehensive cannabis regulations for activities associated with the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA).

Please contact staff with any questions or comments.

Questions regarding Cannabis Land Use Ordinance:

Jessica Metzger, Senior Planner
Long Range Planning Division
(805) 568-3532
jmetzger@countyofsb.org

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PAST EVENTS

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California Environmental Quality Act

The County of Santa Barbara Planning and Development (P&D) Department is the lead agency preparing the PEIR (the Project) with the purpose of informing decision-makers and the public regarding the potential environmental effects related to the Project. The Project would amend the Santa Barbara County Land Use and Development Code, Santa Barbara County Montecito Land Use and Development Code, and Santa Barbara County Coastal Zoning Ordinance to allow certain types of cannabis activities by zone district.  The Project also involves other amendments to the County Code, in order to establish a County licensing program for cannabis-related activities.

Consistent with state law, the Project would regulate cannabis activities within the unincorporated County. The Project is intended to balance the diverse demands for cannabis products with the public health, safety, and welfare of the community through the enactment of strong and effective regulatory and enforcement controls. The Project would regulate how, where, and how much cannabis and cannabis products may be cultivated, processed, manufactured, tested, distributed, and sold while protecting the environment, neighborhood character, and quality of life for people and communities.

Final EIR

Proposed Final PEIR Cannabis Land Use Ordinance and Licensing Program

Click here for:

Final PEIR
Final PEIR
- volume 1
Final PEIR
- volume 2

The above documents are large. If you are having issues opening them please try the "by chapter" link below.

Revision Letter to the Final PEIR for the Cannabis Land Use Ordinance and Licensing Program

Final PEIR - Technical Appendices
Appendix A-Scoping
Appendix B-Proposed Ordinances and Amendments
Appendix C-Project Description Data
Appendix D-Biological Resources
Appendix E-Agricultural Resources
Appendix F-Cannabis Odor Control
Appendix G- General Waste Discharge Requirements

For the Final PEIR by chapter click here.

P&D has prepared a Final PEIR due to the potential for unavoidable, significant adverse effects to result from project implementation. Significant and unavoidable (Class I) effects on the environment identified in the Final PEIR include those related to air quality, agricultural resources, noise, and transportation/traffic. Significant and mitigable (Class II) effects on the environment identified in the Final PEIR include those related to aesthetics and visual resources, agricultural resources, biological resources, cultural resources, geology, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, land use and planning, noise, public services, transportation/traffic, utilities and energy conservation, and population/employment/housing. The Final PEIR contains four alternatives to the proposed Plan: No Project, Alternative 1, Alternative 2, and Alternative 3 described in detail in the final PEIR.

Paper copies of the Final PEIR can also be reviewed at:
Planning and Development – Santa Barbara
123 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(offices closed from 12/25-12/29)

Santa Barbara Public Library
40 E Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Planning and Development – Santa Maria
624 West Foster Road, Santa Maria, CA 93455
(offices closed from 12/25-12/29)

Santa Maria Public Library
421 S McClelland Street, Santa Maria, CA 93454

To inquire regarding obtaining hard copies of the Final PEIR contact:
B2B Print Services
3415 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
805-845-1049
Please allow two working days to order copies.

Existing Regulations

The County has recently received various questions from the public regarding recent legislative changes in regards to cannabis regulations. Please select your topic of interest from below. The "Frequently Asked Questions" on these pages are intended to help answer these questions.

Medical Marijuana

Nonmedical Cannabis

State of California Regulation Changes

Please click the link here for the text of SB-94, the State adopted Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and
Safety Act (MAUCRSA) to streamline medical and adult use cannabis regulations and permits at the state level.

 

All comments sent to the above email addresses are part of the public record and subject to the Public Records Act.