The Future of Cannabis Operations in Santa Barbara County

The County of Santa Barbara does not have an annual permit/license process established for commercial cannabis at this time. Please see below for upcoming meetings on this topic and sign-up for email updates.

Latest News and Updates

Cannabis

Final PEIR Available

The Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) is now available (for details, also see the  flier). The Montecito Planning Commission, County Planning Commission, and Board of Supervisors will conduct public hearings regarding the Project and the Final PEIR at the dates and times listed in the calendar below.

County Letter for Temporary State Cannabis Licenses

On December 14, 2017, the Board of Supervisors approved a letter that medical cannabis cultivators, that believe they are legal non-conforming under Chapter 35-1003, may request from the County. This letter is required only for entities or individuals applying for Temporary State Cultivation licenses. Please send a request for the County of Santa Barbara Temporary State License Letter, a copy of a sworn affidavit (sample below) and other requested documents (see the bottom of the sample affidavit) to cannabisinfo@countyofsb.org. County staff will return your County letter within 24-36 hours via email for submittal with your request to the State for a Temporary License.

The Bureau of Cannabis Control had released the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulations. These proposed regulations can be viewed here.

Calendar of Events

Date Meeting/NextStep Time and Location Resources
06/05/18

Cannabis Operations Tax on the Primary Elections Ballot

   
05/08/18

 Board of Supervisors

Second Reading of Right to Farm Ordinance

9:00 a.m.  

Betteravia Government Center, 511 East Lakeside Parkway, Santa Maria

(remote testimony can be given in Santa Barbara in the BOS hearing room)
 Email:   sbcob@co.santa-barbara.ca.us
05/01/18

Board of Supervisors

Cannabis Amendments to the Santa Barbara County Uniform Rules for Agricultural Preserves and Farmland Security Zones and Article V, the Right to Farm Ordinance

9:00 a.m. 
County Board Hearing Room, 105 E. Anapamu St., Fourth Floor, Santa Barbara  (remote testimony can be given in Santa Maria in the in the BOS hearing room.)
Email:  sbcob@co.santa-barbara.ca.us 
04/10/18

Board of Supervisors

First Reading of Business License Ordinance

9:00 a.m.  
Betteravia Government Center, 511 East Lakeside Parkway, Santa Maria

(remote testimony can be given in Santa Barbara in the BOS hearing room)

Email: sbcob@co.santa-barbara.ca.us

03/20/18

Board of Supervisors

Board agenda items to consider:

  • Cannabis Business Licensing Ordinance
  • Updates to the Uniform Rules for cannabis operations on Williamson Act contracted land
  • Options for staff procedures for cannabis permitting and licensing between the effective and operational dates (e.g. Transition Period)
9:00 a.m.
County Board Hearing Room, 105 E. Anapamu St., Fourth Floor, Santa Barbara
(remote testimony can be given in Santa Maria in the in the BOS hearing room.)

Email: sbcob@co.santa-barbara.ca.us

02/27/18 Board of Supervisors

Board agenda item to consider ballot measure argument in support of Cannabis Operation Tax

Board agenda item to reconsider ordinance amendments to the Land Use Permitting Ordinance adopted on February 6, 2018

9:00 a.m.
County Board Hearing Room, 105 E. Anapamu St., Fourth Floor, Santa Barbara
(remote testimony can be given in Santa Maria in the in the BOS hearing room.)

Email: sbcob@co.santa-barbara.ca.us

02/06/18 Board of Supervisors

Presentation and a recommendation on the adoption of proposed ordinances amendments to the LUDC, CZO, and MLUDC and certification of the Cannabis Land Use Ordinance and Licensing Program Final EIR.

Meeting Flyer

11:00 a.m.
County Board Hearing Room, 105 E. Anapamu St., Fourth Floor, Santa Barbara

(remote testimony can be given in Santa Maria in the BOS hearing room)

Email: sbcob@co.santa-barbara.ca.us

01/24/18 County Planning Commission
Presentation and a recommendation on adoption to the Board on the Cannabis Land Use Ordinance Amendments and Licensing Program Update and associated Final EIR.
9:00 a.m.
Planning Commission Hearing Room, 123 East Anapamu Street, Room 17, Santa Barbara
(remote testimony can be given in Santa Maria in the BOS hearing room)

Email for Public Comments: dvillalo@countyofsb.org

01/23/18 Board of Supervisors
Consider recommendations regarding taxation of Cannabis-related Operations and additional options and operational issues
9:00 a.m.
County Board Hearing Room, 105 E. Anapamu St., Fourth Floor, Santa Barbara
(remote testimony can be given in Santa Maria in the in the BOS hearing room and in Carpinteria from the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Department Administrative Offices, Conference Room, 1140 Eugenia Place in Carpinteria. )

Email: sbcob@co.santa-barbara.ca.us

01/12/18 Board of Supervisors 
Due to ongoing emergency response, the Special Meeting of the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors added for January 12, 2018 has been cancelled. All agenda items scheduled for the meeting on January 12 will be moved to the agenda of Tuesday, January 23, 2018.
8:00 a.m.
COUNTY ENGINEERING BUILDING, PLANNING COMMISSION HEARING ROOM, FIRST FLOOR, 123 EAST ANAPAMU STREET, SANTA BARBARA

(remote testimony can be given in Santa Maria in the BOS hearing room)

Email: sbcob@co.santa-barbara.ca.us

01/10/18  County Planning Commission 
Presentation and a recommendation on adoption to the Board on the Cannabis Land Use Ordinance Amendments and Licensing Program Update and associated Final EIR.

9:00 a.m. 
Betteravia Government Center, 511 East Lakeside Parkway, Santa Maria (remote testimony can be given in Santa Barbara in the PC hearing room)

Email for Public Comments: dvillalo@countyofsb.org 
01/09/18 Board of Supervisors 
POSTPONED - Due to Emergency Conditions within Santa Barbara County related to the severe storm event, The Board of Supervisors is altering their Meeting Agenda for January 9, 2018. Consideration of Taxation of Cannabis Related Operations will be rescheduled to a later date.
9:00 a.m.
County Board Hearing Room, 105 E. Anapamu St., Fourth Floor, Santa Barbara

(remote testimony can be given in Santa Maria in the BOS hearing room)

Email: sbcob@co.santa-barbara.ca.us

01/03/18 Montecito Planning Commission 
Presentation and a recommendation on adoption to the Board and County Planning Commission on the Cannabis Land Use Ordinance Amendments and Licensing Program and associated Final EIR.
9:00 a.m. 
Planning Commission Hearing Room, 123 East Anapamu Street, Room 17 
Email for Public Comments: dvillalo@countyofsb.org 
12/14/17 Board of Supervisors
Cannabis Update
10:00 a.m.
County Board Hearing Room, 105 E. Anapamu St., Fourth Floor, Santa Barbara

(remote testimony can be given in Santa Maria in the BOS hearing room)

Email: sbcob@co.santa-barbara.ca.us

12/06/17 County Planning Commission
Cannabis Land Use Ordinance Amendments and Licensing Program Update
9:00 a.m.
Planning Commission Hearing Room, 123 East Anapamu Street, Room 17

Email for Public Comments: dvillalo@countyofsb.org

11/15/17 Montecito Planning Commission
Cannabis Land Use Ordinance Amendments and Licensing Program Update
9:00 a.m.
Planning Commission Hearing Room, 123 East Anapamu Street, Room 17

Email for Public Comments: dvillalo@countyofsb.org

11/14/17 Board of Supervisors
Cannabis Update
9:00 a.m.
Betteravia Government Center, 511 East Lakeside Parkway, Santa Maria

(remote testimony can be given in Santa Barbara in the BOS hearing room)

Email: sbcob@co.santa-barbara.ca.us

10/17/17 Draft PEIR Cannabis Land Use Ordinance and Licensing Program Public Meeting 5:30 p.m.
Betteravia Government Center, 511 East Lakeside Parkway, Santa Maria

Call: (805) 568-3400

Email: cannabisinfo@countyofsb.org

10/12/17 Draft PEIR Cannabis Land Use Ordinance and Licensing Program Public Meeting 5:30 p.m.
County Board Hearing Room, 105 E. Anapamu St., Fourth Floor, Santa Barbara

Call: (805) 568-3400

Email: cannabisinfo@countyofsb.org

9/19/17 County Board of Supervisors Meeting
Program update on the County Cannabis Ad Hoc Committee's progress
9 a.m.
Betteravia Government Center, 511 East Lakeside Parkway, Santa Maria
Remote testimony available at the County Administration Building Board Hearing Room, Fourth Floor, 105 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara

Email for Public Comments: sbcob@co.santa-barbara.ca.us

Agenda

9/13/17 County Planning Commission
Staff will provide a program update

9 a.m.
Betteravia Government Center, 511 East Lakeside Parkway, Santa Maria
Remote testimony available at the County Planning Commission Hearing Room, 123 East Anapamu, Santa Barbara

Email for Public Comments: dvillalo@countyofsb.org

Agenda

8/25/17 Cannabis Ad Hoc Committee of the Board of Supervisors Public Meeting 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Carpinteria City Council Chambers, 5775 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria 93013

Call: (805) 568-3400

Email: cannabisinfo@countyofsb.org

Intergovernmental Links

State Cannabis Regulatory Agencies

DRAFT State Medical Cannabis Regulations

Other Resources