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Cultivation

Registration Update

Registration for commercial cannabis licenses closed in the fall of 2016. There is no anticipated date of a Phase II registration at the time. Please check into this website on a regular basis to monitor changes.

Please note that the registration requirement is voluntary for those parcels located in the Commercial Agriculture (CA) zone district with a documented history of over 3 years of commercial farming or agricultural production unrelated to cannabis production. These properties would still require a license to cultivate cannabis commercially, however registration is not a prerequisite to apply for a license.

Pre-Licensing Inspections

For those seeking a priority place in line for cultivation licensing, voluntary pre-licensing inspections are available. Once final rules are established for commercial cannabis cultivation and if your property remains eligible for a license under the final rules, staff will prepare a detailed report tailored to your cultivation site’s unique characteristics and note all items to be addressed in advance of the start of licensing inspections. If interested in a pre-licensing inspection, direct an email to Michael Sapunor at CannabisInfo@Santacruzcounty.us.

State Licensing Requirements

In addition to a local license for Commercial Cultivation of Cannabis, licensees MUST ALSO obtain a state license to legally operate in the State of California. For more information visit California Department of Food and Agriculture CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing.

Cannabis Cultivation Ordinances

Proposed Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance- SCCC 7.128

The Board of Supervisors is considering a change to Santa Cruz County Code 7.128 as it relates to the commercial cultivation of cannabis (see proposed legislation here). Until the proposed replacement ordinance has undergone a complete environmental review process as required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and is adopted by the Board of Supervisors, SCCC 7.126 (referenced below) is in effect.

Please be advised that no cannabis related activities that require permits (e.g., tree removal, vegetation clearance, grading, structural development, etc.) from the County Planning Department may be obtained while proposed SCCC 7.128 Commerical Cultivation of Medical Cannabis ordinance is undergoing environmental review. Until that process if complete, cannabis related development is not legal. If you are in doubt about what requires permits after reviewing SCCC Title 12, 13 and 16, contact the Cannabis Licensing Office for assistance.

Current Medical Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance - SCCC 7.126

Santa Cruz County Code SCCC 7.126 Medical Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance is presently in effect. See legislation HERE. Please note that no commercial scale cannabis cultivation for recreational use is currently allowed. All cannabis grown commercially in the County of Santa Cruz is subject to these rules and restrictions until a replacement law is adopted (see above). Please review the current rules to ensure the parcel you wish to cultivate cannabis on qualifies and meets the current requirements. If in doubt, please call the Cannabis Licensing Office or come to the County building at 701 Ocean Street, Room 520, Santa Cruz, ask for our staff.

Please be advised that no cannabis related activities that require permits (e.g., tree removal, vegetation clearance, grading, structural development, etc.) from the County Planning Department may be obtained while proposed SCCC 7.128 Commerical Cultivation of Medical Cannabis ordinance is undergoing environmental review. Until that process if complete, cannabis related development is not legal. If you are in doubt about what requires permits after reviewing SCCC Title 12, 13 and 16, contact the Cannabis Licensing Office for assistance.

Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance - Personal Use

The Board of Supervisors has adopted SCCC 7.134 which regulates Personal Cultivation of Cannabis for Non-Commercial Recreational Use. Review this legislation to determine what and where you can cultivate cannabis for your personal use.