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Certification of the Cannabis Land Use Ordinance

Public Hearing Date and Location:

Board of Supervisors Hearing Room
105 East Anapamu Street 4th Floor
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Commission Hearing Begins at 9:00 a.m.

On Monday, October 22, 2018, the County Board of Supervisors will hold a Special Public Hearing to consider accepting and agreeing to the California Coastal Commission's certification, with modifications, of the Cannabis Land Use Ordinance in the Coastal Zone. Accepting the Coastal Commission's certification will require the County Board of Supervisors adopt a Resolution:

  • Acknowledging receipt of the California Coastal Commission's certification with suggested modifications of an amendment to the County's Local Coastal Program Coastal Commission Case No. LCP-4-STB-18-0039-1-Part C Cannabis Regulations (County Case No. 17ORD-00000-00010).
  • Accepting and agreeing to the modifications approved by the California Coastal Commission.
  • Agreeing to issue Coastal Development Permits for the total area included in the certified Local Coastal Program.
  • Adopting the Local Coastal Program Amendment with the suggested modifications.

Anyone interested in this matter is invited to appear and speak in support of or in opposition to the project. Written comments are also welcome. All letters should be addressed to the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors, c/o Clerk of the Board, 105 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Comments may also be submitted via email to The Board Agenda Letter, Coastal Commission Action Letter, modifications, and related documents may be reviewed on the Board of Supervisors website or at the Clerk of the Board's office at 105 E. Anapamu Street, 4th Floor, Santa Barbara, or the Betteravia Government Center, 511 E. Lakeside Parkway, Santa Maria, or at the Planning and Development office at 123 E. Anapamu St, Santa Barbara.

For more information, please contact Dan Klemann at the County Planning and Development Department: Email: | Tel: 805-568-2072

Attendance and participation by the public is invited and encouraged. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in this hearing, please contact the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors by 4:00 p.m. on Friday before the Board meeting. For information about these services please contact the Clerk of the Board at (805) 568-2240. If you challenge the project in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence to the Planning Commission prior to the public hearing.

Notice of Public Hearing

California Coastal Commission - Cannabis Land Use Ordinance

The California Coastal Commission will consider certifying Santa Barbara County Local Coastal Program Amendment No. LCP-4-STB-18-0039-1-Part C (Cannabis Regulations) for Public Hearing and Commission Action at the Wednesday, October 10, 2018 Commission Meeting in San Diego

Public Hearing Date and Location:

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Wyndham San Diego Bayside
Pacific Ballroom - D 1355 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
Commission Hearing Begins at 9:00 a.m.

The staff report may be viewed on the Coastal Commission's website under the October 2018 Hearing Agenda at Interested members of the public should contact the Ventura Coastal Commission office for questions and to submit written comments (contact info on the flyer).

View the flyer with additional information.


Introduction to Cannabis Pesticide Regulation, IPM, and Weights and Measures

Come learn about introductory pesticide safety and regulations as well as weights and measures information specifically for the cannabis industry. We will be offering more workshops throughout the rest of the year and into next year.

View the flyer with meeting dates and times

Informational Meeting for Current and Prospective Cannabis Licensees – September 17, 2018

Visit CSBTV20 for more video archives


Regulations within the Coastal Zone Pending Review and Certification by the California Coastal Commission

Through a public process that began in early 2017, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors adopted amendments to the Land Use Development Code, Montecito Land Use Development Code, and Article II for land use in the Coastal Zone to address permitting of cannabis operations in the unincorporated portions of the County. The Board also adopted a Cannabis Business License Ordinance in May 2018. The land use amendments and business license ordinance became operational on Tuesday, June 5 for areas outside of the Coastal Zone. These regulations within the Coastal Zone are pending review and certification by the California Coastal Commission.

Read the full Press Release              

What is Measure T2018? (Taxation of Cannabis Operations)

Approved by a majority of voters on June 5, 2018, Measure T2018 authorizes the County to impose a tax on cannabis operations within the unincorporated area of the County. If passed, beginning July 1, 2018 every person who engages in cannabis operations, including the cultivating, manufacturing, producing, preparing, storing, providing, donating, selling, or distributing cannabis or cannabis products within the unincorporated area of the County would pay to the Treasurer-Tax Collector a tax on the gross receipts of their operation's activities involving cannabis or cannabis products, as follows: 

  1. Nursery: 1% of gross receipts, and
  2. Distributor (excluding Distributor Transport Only): 1% of gross receipts; and
  3. Manufacturing: 3% of gross receipts; and
  4. Cultivation: 4% of gross receipts; and
  5. Retail: 6% of gross receipts; and
  6. Microbusiness: 6% of gross receipts.

The tax would be a general tax as authorized by California Constitution Article XIII C Section 2 and Cal. Gov. Code Section 53723 as may be amended. As a general tax, the revenue generated may be used for any general governmental purpose.

Final PEIR Available

The Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) is  now available (for details, also see the   flier). The Montecito Planning Commission, County Planning Commission, and  Board of Supervisors will conduct public hearings regarding the Project and the Final PEIR at the dates and times listed in the calendar below.

County Letter for Temporary State Cannabis Licenses

On December 14, 2017, the Board of Supervisors approved a letter that medical cannabis cultivators, that believe they are legal non-conforming under Chapter 35-1003, may request from the County. This letter is required only for entities or individuals applying for Temporary State Cultivation licenses. Please send a request for the County of Santa Barbara Temporary State License Letter, a copy of a sworn affidavit (sample below) and other requested documents (see the bottom of the sample affidavit) to County staff will return your County letter within 24-36 hours via email for submittal with your request to the State for a Temporary License.

The Bureau of Cannabis Control had released the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulations. These  proposed regulations can be viewed here.

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