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Commercial Cannabis BusinessesBusiness Licenses

On December 5, 2017, the Santa Barbara City Council adopted an ordinance adding Chapter 9.44 Commercial Cannabis Businesses to the Santa Barbara Municipal Code to regulate and permit Commercial Cannabis Businesses in the City including:

  • Indoor Cultivation
  • Manufacturing
  • Distribution
  • Testing
  • Retailer-Delivery Only
  • Retailer-Storefront

Permitting Process

On January 23, 2018, The City Council established the procedures to govern the application process for the types of cannabis businesses listed above.

Competitive Evaluation Process for Commercial Cannabis Businesses

The City conducted a competitive permitting process in spring and summer of 2018.

Ranking of Retailer-Storefront Applicants

On January 23, 2018, the City Council established a maximum of three (3) Retailer-Storefront Commercial Cannabis Businesses to be allowed within the City at any given time. Phase II (initial) and Phase IV (final) score sheets are available at the link below.

Ranking of Non-Storefront Retailer Applicants

Phase II (initial) and Phase IV (final) score sheets are available at the links below.

Phase II

Phase IV

Coastal, LLC

Santa Barbara Manufacturing and Supply Company, LLC


An archive of information related to the competitive permitting process is available at this link



  • For questions related to commercial cannabis regulation in the City, please contact Anthony Wagner, or (805) 897-3761.
Last Updated: Aug 22, 2018
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