Accela On-Line Cannabis Business License Application Now Active!

The Accela on-line public facing portal is now active and replaces the cannabis business license application fillable-form PDF that was formerly available on the County's cannabis website. This new on-line application allows applicants to submit an application and any required supporting documentation on-line and allows for increased transparency as the applicant will have access to the status of the application at all times. The Accela software is also utilized by the State of California's three cannabis licensing authorities and the County's transition to this software will provide applicants with a more consistent and familiar application format at both our local County level and the State.

Eligible Business Applicants List: Unincorporated

Cap: 1,575 acres

[cannabis cultivation, nurseries and microbusinesses] 

Updated: 12/23/19

Rank Operator Internal Code

Date Placed on


Supervisorial District Acreage Requested

Acreage Issued in


Acreage left in cap
1 Fields, LLC 420001 9-27-19 D4 7.00 7.00 1,568.00
2 Dreamland Nurseries, LLC 420002 9-27-19 D2 0.06 0.06 1,567.94
3 Healy & Associates, LLC 420004 9-27-19 D4 39.60 39.60 1,528.34
4 Cuyama Ventures, LLC 420009 10-3-19 D1 0.23 0.23 1,528.11
5 Sierra Botanicals, LLC 420008 10-3-19 D3 3.50 3.50 1,524.61
6 Chips 18, Inc 420014 10-7-19 D4 60.00 Pending 1,464.61
7 HBF, LLC 420010 10-22-19 D3 7.00 Pending 1,457.61
8 Busy Bee's Organics, Inc 420019 10-22-19 D3 22.33 Pending 1,435.28
9 Central Coast Chronic, LLC 420015 12-23-19 D3 15.85 Pending 1,419.43

Eligible Business Applicants List: Carpinteria Agricultural Overlay District

Cap: 186 acres

[cannabis cultivation, nurseries and microbusinesses] 

Updated: 11/20/2019

Rank Operator Internal Code Date Placed on List Acreage Requested Acreage  Issued in License  Acreage left in cap
1 Olivella, Inc 420012 9/26/19 0.02 Pending 185.98
2 G&K Produce / K&G Flowers 420005/420006 10/1/19 8.17 8.17 177.81
3 CVW Organic Farms 420020 11/20/19 5.50 Pending 172.31


Chapter 50 - Cannabis Business Licensing Ordinance – As Amended on August 27, 2019

Cannabis Cultivation Caps – Effective in the Unincorporated Area 9/26/19 (all Unincorporated Areas Outside of the Carp Ag Overlay)

Concurrent Processing – Land Use Entitlement & Business License Applications – Effective 9/26/19


Updated: 9/18/19: At the Board of Supervisor's meeting on August 20, 2019, the Board directed staff to return to the Board with revisions to the cannabis retail storefront licensing process to establish a merit based criteria scoring system rather than the previously adopted random drawing system. Staff anticipates returning to the Board on November 5, 2019 to present options on both process and evaluation criteria. After receiving the Board's input and conceptual direction, staff will return to the Board at a date yet to be determined in order to present a draft Cannabis Business License Ordinance Amendment which will reflect the Board's new merit based retail storefront licensing process.


County Code Chapter 50 Section 50-7 Limits on Cannabis Business Licenses allows for NO MORE THAN 186 acres of cannabis cultivation, nurseries, and microbusinesses with cultivation shall be licensed at any one time within the boundaries of Area A and Area B of the Carpinteria Agricultural Overlay District as defined in County Ordinance 4529.

County Planning & Development has received applications of Cannabis Cultivation Land Use Entitlement for more than 186 acres. Upon completion of the land use permitting process, business license applicants should contact Steven Yee at for information on the status of a business license application or the acreage of cannabis cultivation that has been granted a business license. A Land Use Entitlement does not guarantee the Issuance of a Cannabis Business License.

Business Licensing

View the complete Ordinance regarding the licensing of commercial cannabis operations, as amended on April 9th, 2019

It is the intent of the Board of Supervisors, in enacting Cannabis Business License regulations, to:

  • Encourage a well regulated cannabis industry,
  • Eliminate illegal cannabis operations and access to illegal and untested cannabis and
  • Protect the health, life, safety and general welfare of residents, particularly vulnerable minors.

Any person who intends to engage in a commercial cannabis operation in the unincorporated area of the County is required to obtain a cannabis business license.  A separate cannabis business license is required for each person or entity, for each fixed location in which the commercial cannabis activity is to occur and for each licensed activity noted below.  A cannabis business license shall be obtained before the commencement of business or, if the business is in operation and a license possessed, prior to the expiration of such license.  

All cannabis business licenses shall be valid for 1 (one) year from the date of issuance by the Treasurer-Tax Collector, unless suspended or revoked by the County pursuant to Section 50-27 of the County Code.  

It is unlawful for any person to conduct, engage in, or allow to be conducted or engaged in a commercial cannabis activity in the unincorporated area of the County, unless the County has issued such person a business license under this Chapter 50 of the County Code and the license is in effect. 

Any person who seeks or obtains the following State licenses is also  required to obtain the corresponding Santa Barbara County Cannabis Business Licenses as identified below:

State License Types* Santa Barbara County Cannabis Business License Required
Cultivation Licenses - Type 1, 1A, 1B, 1C, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 5, 5A, 5B & Processor Cultivator
Cultivation Licenses- Type 4 Nursery
Manufacturing – Type 6 & 7, N (edibles/topical) & P (packaging) Manufacturer
Testing – Type 8 Testing
Retailer – Type 9 & 10 Retailer
Distributor – Type 11 Distributor
Microbusiness – Type 12 Microbusiness

* Pursuant to Business and Professions Code § 26050, as may be amended.

View and download the Business License Application Checklist

Additional application forms will be available soon

  1. Property and Premise Diagram Checklist
  2. Criminal History Checks and Security Plan Requirements
  3. Site Security & Background Check FAQs
  4. County of SB Live Scan Request Form 
  5. Inventory Control Plan Checklist
  6. Indemnification Agreement – Cannabis Business License
  7. Cultivation Plan Checklist
  8. Quality Control Plan
  9. Transportation Plan Checklist
  10. Environmental Health Services Cannabis Business License Checklist
  11. Fire Department Review Criteria
  12. Energy Conservation Plan (Excel Spreadsheet)
  13. Disability Access Requirements and Resources