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Chapter 50 Ordinance Amended – Effective March 14, 2021

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Cannabis Public Meeting & Outreach Timeline - January 2017 to May 2019


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.

Caution: Timing of State Annual License Application Submittals

In order to conduct commercial cannabis business in the County of Santa Barbara (County), business entities must obtain the appropriate State license issued by one of the State's three licensing authorities (Bureau of Cannabis Control, Cal Cannabis, and the Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch). However, prior to submitting a State license application to any of the three licensing authorities, new cannabis business entities must first obtain local authorization from the County, which consists of 1) an issued land use entitlement and 2) a cannabis business license.

Should a cannabis operator submit a State license application prior to having obtained both a land use entitlement and/or a cannabis business license, the operator assumes the risk of the State licensing authority processing their State license application prior to the operator having obtained local authorization. Should this occur, the State may notify the applicant of their lack of local authorization and may provide applicants up to 90 days to cure this deficiency. Should the operator fail to cure the deficiency within the specified timeframe, the State license application may be disqualified and the associated fees paid by the applicant, may be forfeited.

It is important to note that State Assembly Bill 97 was approved and effectuated on 1/1/20. One key component of this Bill removes the previous requirement that operators must have held a State Temporary license in order to obtain a State Provisional license. However, the County firmly opposes this aspect of the Bill and maintains its policy to only approve State Provisional licenses for those entities that were operating prior to 1/19/16 under a legal non-conforming use exemption. Business entities that began operations after 1/19/16 are considered new operators and therefore must first obtain local authorization, then a State Annual license (as mentioned above), prior to commencing commercial cannabis activities.

Hoop Structures Ordinance Amendment

Advisory. The Board of Supervisors adopted the Hoop Structures Ordinance Amendment on April 9, 2019. The ordinance is now in effect in the Inland areas of the County. The ordinance does not apply to projects located within the Coastal Zone. On May 9, 2019, the Santa Barbara Coalition for Responsible Cannabis, Inc. filed a lawsuit challenging the County's adoption of the ordinance and certification of the accompanying Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR). No timeframe currently exists for adjudicating the lawsuit, and the outcome of the lawsuit is unknown. The Court could uphold the County's actions or it could suspend implementation of the ordinance, vacate adoption of the ordinance, and/or de-certify the FEIR. Therefore, using hoop structures and shade structures pursuant to the exemption, or proceeding with a permit application for hoop structures and shade structures, in the Inland areas of the County under the Hoop Structures Ordinance Amendment is at the applicant's risk until the Court renders a final decision in the lawsuit.


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.

Informational Meeting for Current and Prospective Cannabis Licensees – February 13, 2019

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For Santa Barbara County Cannabis Industry

Come learn about worker health and safety regulations as they apply to personal protective equipment, respiratory protection, facility ventilation, and requirements in a handler training program. Workshop will help ensure compliance with pesticide use and safe workplace.

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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).

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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.

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

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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.

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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. receipts, and
  7. Distributor (excluding Distributor Transport Only): 1% of gross receipts; and
  8. Manufacturing: 3% of gross receipts; and
  9. Cultivation: 4% of gross receipts; and
  10. Retail: 6% of gross receipts; and
  11. 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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