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Commercial Medical Cannabis Permits

On May 15, 2017 the City Council adopted two ordinances, Ordinance No. 17-05 and Ordinance No. 17-06, that allow commercial medical cannabis uses, including cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, testing laboratories, and two (2) dispensaries. The City began developing these ordinances in 2016 which culminated in the adoption of carefully written regulations to ensure the responsible implementation and operation of commercial medical cannabis businesses. The City does not allow commercial recreational cannabis uses at this time.

The City started accepting Use Permit applications on June 14, 2017 for all commercial medical cannabis uses (except for dispensaries, which requires a pre-application process described further below).

All commercial medical cannabis businesses will be required to obtain:
- a Use Permit approved by the City Council establishing the location, size, and types of uses allowed, and
- a Commercial Cannabis Permit to assure that all regulatory requirements are met.
- Businesses must also comply with the City’s commercial cannabis tax approved by voters in November 2016. 

Applications for Commercial Medical Cannabis Uses (Except for Dispensaries)
Beginning on June 14, 2017, Use Permit applications may be submitted to the City. An applicant may process the Use Permit and Commercial Cannabis Permit concurrently as shown on the Development Review Process Flowchart. There is no limit on the number of applications the City will accept for commercial medical cannabis manufacturing, cultivation, distribution, and testing laboratory uses.

Application forms and submittal requirement checklists:
- Development Application Form
- Authorized Agent Form, if applicable
- Commercial Cannabis Employee/Owner Background Information Form
- Development Permit & Use Permit Submittal Checklist – New Construction
- Development Permit & Use Permit Submittal Checklist – No Construction
- Cannabis Use Permit Submittal Checklist
- Development Review Process Flowchart
- Commercial Cannabis Permit Application Form
- Commercial Cannabis Permit Submittal Checklist
- Fire & Life Safety Requirements
- Environmental Information Form

Please note: Applicants will need to pay an application deposit (ranging from $6,000 to $10,000 depending on the size and scope of the project) to cover the City’s cost for reviewing the Use Permit application. Further information about this deposit is included within the Development Application Form listed above. 

Pre-Application Process - Dispensaries Only 
On June 5, 2017, the City Council approved a Dispensary Pre-Application process for dispensaries in order to establish an Eligibility Ranking List. The two (2) highest ranked pre-applications may then proceed with submitting a Use Permit application. Dispensary Pre-Applications must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, July 10, 2017. Only the top two pre-applications will be able to submit applications for a Use Permit and Commercial Cannabis Permit.

On September 7, 2017, the City Council is scheduled to consider adopting a ranking list of eligible dispensary applicants which would allow the top two ranked applicants to proceed with submitting a Use Permit application.

Dispensary Pre-Application forms
- Dispensary Pre-Application Form
- Commercial Cannabis Employee/Owner Background Information Form
- Dispensaries Pre-Application Handout: explains the process, the submittal requirements, and ranking criteria

Please note: Applicants will need to pay a one-time application fee of $8,100 to cover the City’s cost for reviewing the Dispensary Pre-Application plus $750 for the cost of conducting the Live Scan and background check. Further information about this fee is included in the Dispensary Pre-Application Form above. 

For Additional Information or Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
- Please see our: FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions on Commercial Medical Cannabis in Grover Beach
- Please contact the staff member or department as indicated below:

 Subject  Staff Member or Department Phone and/or email
 Application Process   Janet Reese, Planner II  
 Community Development Department
 (805) 473-4524
  or send an email 
 Building Code Requirements  Janet Reese, Planner II
 Community Development Department
 (805) 473-4524
 or send an email 
 Fire & Life Safety   Five Cities Fire Authority  (805) 473-5490
 or send an email
 Live Scan and Background Checks  Laura Vinnedge, Police Administrative Assistant
 Police Department
 (805) 473-4507
  or send an email
 Water and Sewer Connections or 
  Street Improvements  
 Lynn Pearson, Administrative Analyst
 Public Works Department
 (805) 473-4523 
 or send an email

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