ATTENTION: The County Executive Office (Office) has received business license applications presumed to be complete*, and subject to the acreage cap for more than 1,575 acres in the unincorporated areas. The Office will cease review of new applications and will not process new payments of fees until further notice.
County Code Chapter 50 Section 50-7, Limits on Cannabis Business Licenses, allows for NO MORE THAN 1,575 acres of cannabis cultivation, nurseries, and microbusinesses with cultivation to be licensed at any one time within the entire unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County outside the Carpinteria Agricultural Overlay District.
*These applications have an approved Land Use Entitlement, submitted a business license application through Accela, and paid all required fees/deposits.
Santa Barbara County Commercial Cannabis Regulations
On February 27, 2018, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors adopted a series of ordinances that regulate commercial cannabis operations within the County's unincorporated area. The ordinances categorize cannabis operations into eight permit types, and allow each license type in certain zones throughout the County's unincorporated area.
On May 1, 2018, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors adopted the Cannabis Business License Ordinance, which added a local commercial cannabis business license to the County Code, added an acreage limit of 186 acres to the Carpinteria Agricultural Overlay District, and a limit of 8 retail licenses for the County.
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Informational Meeting for Current and Prospective Cannabis Licensees – September 17, 2018
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