Industrial Hemp

On Tuesday, June 18, 2019, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors passed an URGENCY ORDINANCE placing a temporary moratorium on the cultivation of industrial hemp. On July 16, 2019, the Board extended that urgency ordinance through June 2020.

At that same meeting, the Board directed the County Planning Department, with input and assistance from the Department of Agriculture, the Agricultural Liaison Advisory Board (ALAB), hemp industry representatives, and concerned citizens, to develop a permanent ordinance governing hemp cultivation.

The Industrial Hemp Ordinance will be presented to the Board of Supervisors on April 7, 2020 (UPDATE - DUE TO THE COVID-19 CRISIS THE APRIL 7 BOARD MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED; AT THIS TIME, IT IS UNCLEAR WHEN THE PERMANENT HEMP ORDINANCE HEARING WILL BE HELD). Information regarding the proposed permanent ordinance, which would likely supersede the temporary moratorium, as well as information on how to submit public comments is available on the Department of Planning and Building's website at the following link - CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS .

Due to the moratorium on industrial hemp cultivation within the unincorporated portions of San Luis Obispo County that is now in effect, our Department is not currently accepting applications for the commercial cultivation of hemp or for hemp seed breeders. We also are not accepting notification of any new ag research institution cultivation sites. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.


For reference and planning purposes, you can review the Commercial Industrial Hemp Registration Requirements site for more information regarding the registration process that may re-open in 2020 if the Board passes a permanent ordinance allowing hemp cultivation.


Although a temporary moratorium on commercial industrial hemp cultivation was passed by the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors in June 2019, there was an exemption included in the ordinance for those growers who had already been issued their annual registration certificate by our Department. For those exempted growers, please consult our Sampling and Testing page to review the legal requirements for THC testing for industrial hemp.


For additional Industrial Hemp Information, Rules, and Policy at the local and statewide level, please see:

Related Services

Commercial Industrial Hemp Registration Requirements
What to Know Before You Grow Hemp in the County of SLO
Commercial Industrial Hemp Sampling & Testing