Cannabis Land Use Ordinance

PLEASE NOTE: the Proposed Ordinance applies to the unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo County. If you reside within the boundaries of a city, please contact that city for their regulations regarding cannabis.

Complete the form below to request a pre-application meeting with Department of Planning & Building staff. Applicable fees must be paid no later than one week prior to the scheduled meeting date.

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Does the proposed project include any Cannabis activities governed by our ordinance?
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Other Agencies:

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Project Contacts

Questions regarding specifics of the ordinance can be directed to Brandi Cummings via e-mail ( 

General questions, or questions about specific properties can be directed to the Planning Information / Front Counter at (805) 781-5600.

Project Milestones

The following milestones represent selected steps in the process to establish permanent cannabis land use regulations. Please note that all dates are tentative and may be revised as needed.


Public Review Drafts

One or more drafts of the Proposed Ordinance were prepared by Department of Planning & Building staff and made available for public review and comment.

Date Completed: 08/09/2017

Public Hearing Draft

A public hearing draft of the Proposed Ordinance was prepared by Department of Planning & Building staff. This draft was made available 10-14 days before the first Planning Commission hearing date on August 10, 2017.

Date Completed: 08/10/2017

Planning Commission Recommendation

The Planning Commission reviewed the public hearing draft of the Proposed Ordinance on August 10, 2017 and September 14, 2017. The County Planning Commission discussed and decided on recommended regulations for the local cannabis industry.  The Commission’s recommendation will go before the Board of Supervisors for consideration and potential adoption.

Date Completed: 09/14/2017

Board of Supervisors Adoption

The Board of Supervisors reviewed the Planning Commission Recommendation Draft of the Proposed Ordinance and adopted a final ordinance, establishing permanent cannabis land use regulations in the unincorporated County.

Date Completed: 11/27/2017

Inland Ordinance Effective Date

The Inland Ordinance (Title 22) will become effective on December 31, 2017. No inland land use applications will be accepted until after the Inland Ordinance is effective.

Estimated Date of Completion: 12/31/2017

Coastal Zone Ordinance Effective Date

The Coastal Zone Ordinance (Title 23) will not become effective until the California Coastal Commission certifies it. After the Board of Supervisors adopts a final ordinance, the proposed language is sent to the Coastal Commission. The Coastal Commission can add to, delete, or revise any part of the final ordinance adopted by the Board. No coastal land use applications will be accepted until the Coastal Zone Ordinance is effective. The Coastal Commission certification process can range from a couple of months to over a year.

Estimated Date of Completion: 07/01/2018

Property Information

Our interactive Land Use View mapping application can be used to look up property information by assessor parcel number (APN) or address.

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