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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. To apply for a Commercial Cannabis Business license, submit an application through PlanetBids,

Interested parties must register with PlanetBids to review, obtain, and submit applications. When registering, use category code 45300. Once registered, search Bid Opportunities using this category code to find the application.

Competitive Evaluation Process for Commercial Cannabis Businesses

Applications will be available beginning on February 1, 2018 and will be accepted through March 30, 2018. Obtain application materials and submit your application through,

Applications will be evaluated through a process and criteria established by the City Council.

Ranking Process for 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. Applications for Retailer-Storefront Commercial Cannabis Businesses will be scored and ranked after evaluation.

Commercial Cannabis Application Public Meeting

SBMC Chapter 9.44.090(C) requires the City Administrator, or his or her designee, to conduct a public meeting so that the public may comment on the proposed commercial cannabis  business.  Agendas for these public meetings are available here:

A map of the proposed commercial cannabis businesses to be considered at the June 1 and June 8, 2018 public meetings is available here.

Applicant Information Meeting

A Public Informational Meeting for Prospective Commercial Cannabis Applicants will be held on February 22, 2018, at 6:00 p.m., in the City Council Chambers located at 735 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, California 93101.



Last Updated: Aug 22, 2018
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