Zoning & Permitting
On February 27, 2018, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors adopted a series of ordinances that allow commercial cannabis operations within the County's unincorporated area. The ordinances categorize cannabis operations into 8 permit types, and allow each license type in certain zones throughout the County's unincorporated area.
Where and how you can start a commercial cannabis operation depends on which zone your parcel is located in. If you are unsure of your zoning, you can look it up here.
Allowed Uses by Zone Type:
In addition to zoning regulations, the ordinances also establish development standards to mitigate potential negative impacts from cannabis operations. All license types require prospective operators to obtain a County Business Permit, State Cannabis Operator Permit, and either a Land Use Permit or Conditional Use Permit, depending on license type and proximity to nearby sensitive receptors. Permit Application availability may vary depending on whether a parcel is located within the coastal zone.
- County Land Use and Development Code - 35.42.075 - Cannabis Regulations
- View the complete County Land Use and Development Code
- Article II, Coastal Zoning Ordinance - Section 35-144U. Cannabis Regulations (Not effective until certified by the California Coastal Commission)
- View the complete Article II, Coastal Zoning Ordinance
- Article X - Medical Marijuana Regulations(Amortization Period Expires 6/15/2019)
- Montecito Land Use and Development Code (Commercial Cannabis Prohibited in Land Use Code Area)
Permit applications and forms (available in PDF and Microsoft Word formats):
- Planner Consult Application Form PDF | Word
- Land Use Permit Application Form PDF | Word
- Conditional Use Permit Application Form PDF | Word
- Cannabis Supplemental Application Form PDF | Word
Planning and Development General Information: http://sbcountyplanning.org/
Additional Permitting Information
Adopted Final PEIR Cannabis Land Use Ordinance and Licensing Program
- Final PEIR - volume 1
- Final PEIR - volume 2
- Final PEIR - by chapter
- 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
The Board of Supervisors adopted a Final PEIR (SCH 2017071016) due to the potential for unavoidable, significant adverse effects that would 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.
of the Final PEIR can be reviewed at:
Planning and Development – Santa Barbara
123 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Planning and Development – Santa Maria
624 West Foster Road, Santa Maria, CA 93455
To inquire regarding obtaining a paper copy of the Final
B2B Print Services
3415 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Please allow two working days to order copies.
View the Fee Schedule for Land Use Permits (LUP) and Conditional Use Permits (CUP).