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.

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

Additional Permitting Information

  1. Cannabis Cultivation Regulations Summary
  2. General Fence Regulations for Cannabis Cultivation

PEIR Documentation

Planning Commission October 2, 2019, PEIR Workshop Documents

Adopted Final PEIR Cannabis Land Use Ordinance and Licensing Program

Final PEIR

Final PEIR - Technical Appendices 

 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.  

Paper copies 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 PEIR contact:
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).