Cannabis Permitting Guide

What is the process?

Pre-Notify Neighbors

The applicant provides a written letter to all property owners within 1,000 feet of the proposed project site informing them of the proposed project.

Application Package

A completed Application Package is required. Please download and complete a Application Package.

Apply for Business License

The applicant applies for a Business License through the Tax Collector's Office and schedules an appointment for a background check with the Sheriff's Office.

Reach Decision

During the public hearing, the hearing body considers the application and reaches a decision to either approve, conditionally approve, or deny the application.

Apply for State Licenses

The applicant applies for all applicable State Licenses. Check with planning staff to determine if the proposed project is eligible for concurrent processing of State license applications prior to County approval.

Enroll in Monitoring Program

Under the County of San Luis Obispo Inland and Coastal Zone Ordinances, all cannabis cultivation activities that receive a land use permit are required to participate in a County-run monitoring program. The purpose of the monitoring program is to verify that permitted activities are conducted in compliance with conditions of approval (including environmental mitigation measures) and relevant provisions of the local ordinances and state law. 

To begin the process, the Cannabis Condition Compliance Monitoring Agreement and Monitoring Cost Accounting Agreement must be submitted. 


Who can use this service?

Anyone can use this service.

Is there a charge for this service?

Please refer to the Department of Planning & Building Fee Schedule for application fees.

When and where is this service offered?

This service is available throughout the year during regular business hours except during scheduled holidays.

Location, directions and hours of operation

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Frequently Asked Questions