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.

 

Project Contacts

Questions regarding specifics of the ordinance can be directed to Megan Martin via e-mail ([email protected]). 

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

Frequently Asked Questions

I'm having trouble understanding the regulations.

Please read through our guidance documents, which are intended to help explain the ordinance regulations.

Where can I find out more information?

For land use permit information, check out this article.

Read about General countywide cannabis information, including information for business licensing, taxation, and agricultre resources.

View the cannabis Buisiness Readiness Guide.

 

What's the difference between a nursery and cultivation?

Cannabis nurseries are limited to the production of clones, immature plants, seeds, or other agricultural products used specifically for the planting, propagation, and cultivation of cannabis. Cannabis nurseries cannot grow mature plants, with the exception of certain research exemptions.

Who can apply for a permit for cultivation?

No. Currently, only those applicants who have an approved co-op/collective registration under Urgency Ordinance 3334 may apply for a land use permit for commercial cannabis cultivation. During the Board of Supervisors hearings on the cannabis, the Board indicated that they may consider allowing additional applications in 2018/19.

What can I grow without a permit?

Up to six plants (within a 100 square-feet area) inside a personal residence are allowed without a land use permit. If you are a primary caregiver for qualified patients, you can grow up to six plants (within a 100 square-feet area) inside a personal residence, without a land use permit. Caregivers, while exempt from obtaining a land use permit, are required to obtain a County business license from the Department of Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector.

Where can I grow?

The following land use categories (zones) allow for cannabis cultivation:

  • Agriculture – a 10 acre minimum site is required
  • Rural Lands – a 50 acre minimum site is required
  • Residential Rural – a 20 acre minimum site is required; outdoor cultivation is prohibited
  • Industrial – no minimum site area is required; outdoor cultivation is prohibited
How much cannabis can I grow?
  • Outdoor cultivation
    • On sites 10-25 acres in size: 2 operations per site.
    • On sites greater than 25 acres in size: 3 operations per site.
  • Indoor cultivation
    • A maximum of 22,000 square-feet per site (may be made up of multiple operations).

*An operation is limited in size to the maximum canopy one could obtain with a single state license*

Can I grow hemp?

Please visit this webpage for more information regarding hemp.

What do I do after a land use permit is approved?
Are there limitations on cannabis manufacturing?

Only non-volatile manufacturing is allowed. Volatile manufacturing (requiring a Type 7 state license) is prohibited. Edibles that are manufactured cannot resemble people, animals, insects, or fruit.

Where can I manufacture cannabis?

Manufacturing facilities will be allowed in the Commercial Service, Industrial, and Agriculture land use categories. Manufacturing in the Agriculture land use category will be limited to the raw cannabis materials grown onsite, meaning the applicant will also need permits and licenses for cannabis cultivation. The coastal zone ordinance will not allow manufacturing in the Agriculture land use category on sites identified as prime soils. Manufacturing in the Commercial Service land use category must be located within an Urban Reserve Line (URL).

Where can I sell cannabis?

Dispensaries will be allowed in the Commercial Service, Industrial, Rural Lands, Residential Rural, and Agriculture land use categories. Dispensaries in the Agriculture, Rural Lands, and Residential Rural land use categories will be limited to the raw cannabis materials grown or produced onsite, meaning the applicant would also need permits and licenses to cultivate and/or manufacture on the same site. Dispensaries in the Commercial Service land use category will have to be located within an Urban Reserve Line (URL). The coastal zone ordinance will not allow dispensaries in the Agriculture land use category on sites identified as prime soils.

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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