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Commercial Cannabis Information


APPLICATION OVERVIEW

Commercial Cannabis Annual Operating Permit and Commercial Cannabis Use Permit (Conditional Use Permit)

 

Commercial Cannabis businesses in the unincorporated County of El Dorado must obtain a Commercial Cannabis Annual Operating Permit and Commercial Cannabis Use Permit (e.g. Conditional Use Permit) from the Planning and Building Department located at 2850 Fairlane Court in Placerville, CA 95667.

The Commercial Cannabis Permitting Office (CCPO) within the Planning and Building Department will coordinate the process. Once a Commercial Cannabis Operating Permit (Operating Permit) and Commercial Cannabis Use Permit (Conditional Use Permit) have been obtained, the permittee must obtain a Business License from the Treasurer-Tax Collector. Once a Commercial Cannabis Operating Permit, Commercial Cannabis Use Permit, and Business License have been issued locally, State annual cannabis business licenses must also be obtained. 

Local and State permits and licenses must be obtained prior to commencing cannabis business activities or expanding existing operations.



The Commercial Cannabis Operating Permit and Commercial Cannabis Use Permit process happens in three-phases as generally described below:



1.     Phase 1- Pre-Application (Commercial Cannabis Licensing Office Only):

 

The purpose of the Phase 1 Pre-Application review is to determine basic eligibility of the proposed cannabis business operation and work to identify potential issues as early in the process as possible. This process is meant to detect issues so they can be addressed before the full application process.  Any applicant arriving at their appointment without having substantially completed the pre-application submittal materials may forfeit their appointment and be placed at the end of the applicant list.

The Pre-Application process will cost the applicant significantly less while providing information on potential issues early in the process which allow the applicant to decide if he/she wants to move forward to submit an application. The cost for the full application includes a Commercial Cannabis Use Permit (Conditional Use Permit), which could cost $9,500 or more (the fee for the Conditional Use Permit is moving to time and materials) and the Commercial Cannabis Operating Permit – Initial Application cost are as follows:

    • Cultivation 
      • Commercial Cannabis Operating Permit – Initial Application - $7,284
    • Existing Retailers
      • Commercial Cannabis Operating Permit – Initial Application - $4,553
    • Retailers, Distribution, and Testing Laboratories
      • Commercial Cannabis Operating Permit – Initial Application - $5,642
    • Manufacturing
      • Commercial Cannabis Operating Permit – Initial Application - $6,445

Fees for the full application are due upfront. There are no refunds for the Commercial Cannabis Operating Permit. There are no refunds for time and materials work for the Commercial Cannabis Use Permit. The pre-application is a method to identify issues with a project before starting the application process, which there are multiple fees for a considerable amount of analysis that must be done by staff. It is strongly recommended that applicants complete the pre-application process because there could be significant cost and time savings

NOTE: While staff will take utmost care to accurately represent County Codes, Policies and applicable past positions of staff, the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors, it should be noted that matters discussed in the Pre-Application meeting should be not construed to bind, restrict or obligate the staff or review boards when processing a subsequent application. A more thorough review that occurs during the formal application process could reveal issues and circumstances that were not known or reviewed during the much shorter review of the Pre-Application review process. Further, it is incumbent on the part of the Applicant to obtain and understand all applicable Codes and policies.

Pre-Application Review

    • Dependent upon the proposed project location and project description, the Pre-Application package may be routed to select County departments to provide initial guidance on the adequacy of the project scope and if further information is needed prior to sending the applicant on to Phase 2 (application process).

    • Please remember to complete the Transportation Impact Study (TIS) – Initial Determination form. The information provided in the document will be used by County staff to determine if the proposed project will be required to complete a Transportation Impact Study or an On-Site Transportation Review (OSTR).  If one or both are required, County staff will contact the applicant with more information about the required studies. Both studies are described in the TIS Guidelines, which can be found on the County's website. The TIS – Initial Determination form is found on the same website as the pre-application.

    • Be advised that if the pre-application is considered deficient and staff is unable to adequately review the proposal due to incomplete responses to questions or inadequate site plans and other required data, the applicant will be asked to provide clarifications and make corrections before staff can proceed with pre-application review.

    • Be advised that while CCPO staff will solicit all known requirements in preparation for Phase 2 Permit Application submittal, additional information may be requested by the CCPO or other County departments.

Fees

The Pre-Application fee is in the amount of $1,318.  Payments must be submitted along with a completed Pre-Application. Pre-Application fees are non-refundable. The fee covers Pre-Application review from CCPO/Planning and Building, Environmental Management, and Transportation.  Fees must be paid with check or credit card; no cash accepted.

 

2.  Phase 2- Full Application (Commercial Cannabis Licensing Office in the Planning and Building Department):

 

The purpose of the Phase 2 Full Application review is to obtain complete information on proposed cannabis business operations and associated development on a property to ensure project compliance with the commercial cannabis ordinances and environmental review thereof. At this stage, the applicant will submit the full application to the Planning and Building Department to commence the Commercial Cannabis Use Permit (Conditional Use Permit) review and receive the fee information for the process. A set of plans will be routed to the CCPO for review and processing. During this process, the Commercial Cannabis Use Permit and the Commercial Cannabis Operating Permit will be moving concurrently and their approval will happen at the same time.

Submittal of Full Application 

    • If applicants are interested in the application process and wish to proceed, they must next submit the materials required in the application.

    • At this stage, engineered plans, architectural renderings, biotic reports, grading plans, and similar items may be required, dependent on the scope of the proposal.

CCPO staff will review the application/plans for the Commercial Cannabis Operating Permit and will initiate a completeness review for the use permit application. If, in the review process, the submitted materials are determined to be deficient by any County department or reviewing agency, the applicant will be notified to re-submit the requested materials in a timely manner. 

Other information, such as LiveScan, security plans, etc. will be required at this time.

Fees

The Commercial Cannabis Operating Permit will be processed with a set fee that will be paid at the beginning of the process. The Commercial Cannabis Use Permit application fee will be determined by an "At Cost" basis (*time and materials*). An initial deposit will be required by the respective County department. If selecting the option of a contractor to process the applications, the contractor will charge their time to the applicant through the County. The time taken to complete the application process will be billed to the applicant if it is more than the deposit. Any applicant will have to pay their application costs before he/she is recommended to go to the Agriculture Commission and/or Planning Commission. In addition, neither permit will be given without total payment for the cost of the application process. Fees must be paid with check or credit card; no cash accepted.


3.  Phase 3 – Commercial Cannabis Operating Permit and Monitoring Program - (Commercial Cannabis Licensing Office and Planning and Building Department):

 

For successful applicants, the CCPO will coordinate to ensure all conditions of approval and operational requirements of a cannabis business operation are met by specified deadlines and that all operations are in conformance with approvals granted. Site inspections may be scheduled in addition to other County Departmental follow-up, as required. 

The purpose of the Monitoring Program is to ensure key milestones are reached by applicants who are on track to renew their Commercial Cannabis Operating Permit. If the CCPO recommends denial, the applicant will receive written justification for the determination. 

Fees

The following are the fees for the Commercial Cannabis Use Permit, Commercial Cannabis   Operating Permit – Initial Application, Commercial Cannabis Monitoring Program, and Commercial Cannabis Operating Permit – Renewal:

Commercial Cannabis Use Permit – As established in the most recent Conditional Use Permit – Planning Commission/Zoning Administrator, Major, or – Planning Commission/Zoning Administrator, Medium –or – Planning Commission/Zoning Administrator, Minor – set by resolution at the time of application submission for the Planning and Building Department, Environmental Management Department, and Transportation Department.  This fee is being recommended to move to time and materials.  Fees must be paid with check or credit card; no cash accepted.

COMMERCIAL CANNABIS PERMITTING PROGRAM FEE SCHEDULE

    • Cultivation 
      • Commercial Cannabis Annual Operating Permit – Initial Application - $7,284
      • Commercial Cannabis Monitoring Program – $4,933
      • Commercial Cannabis Annual Operating Permit – Renewal – $4,983
    • Existing Retailers
      • Commercial Cannabis Annual Operating Permit – Initial Application - $4,553
      • Commercial Cannabis Monitoring Program – $3,318
      • Commercial Cannabis Annual Operating Permit – Renewal – $3,836
    • Retailers, Distribution, and Testing Laboratories 
      • Commercial Cannabis Annual Operating Permit – Initial Application - $5,642
      • Commercial Cannabis Monitoring Program – $3,318
      • Commercial Cannabis Annual Operating Permit – Renewal – $3,836
    • Manufacturing 
      • Commercial Cannabis Annual Operating Permit – Initial Application - $6,445
      • Commercial Cannabis Monitoring Program – $4,158
      • Commercial Cannabis Annual Operating Permit – Renewal – $4,419

Please Remember – Obtain County Business License: 

It is unlawful for any person to transact any kind of business in the unincorporated territory of the County without possessing an unexpired and unrevoked County business license unless the business is exempt from the license requirements. Business licenses must be renewed annually. A renewal notice will be mailed to you in the month prior to your renewal date. A business license can be obtained through the Treasurer-Tax Collector's Office.

General Advice and Instructions to the Applicant

The information provided in all phases of the application process will be used to determine the eligibility for eventual cannabis land use permits, under County Code Chapter 130.41.  These rules are in the Commercial Cannabis Ordinances below.

      • The application requirements listed herein are the minimal requirements. Any additional information believed to assist staff in understanding the proposed operation may help to more effectively move it through the review process.

      • Be advised that the applicant will need the help of professionals at some point in the application process, either based upon a County requirement or to help more efficiently navigate the Commercial Cannabis Operating Permit and Commercial Cannabis Use Permit process. Such professionals may include: land-use consultants familiar with County planning requirements and review procedures; qualified biologists or archaeologists to review sensitive sites; licensed professionals (architects, civil engineers, traffic engineers, surveyors, engineering geologists, etc.) to prepare grading plans, design commercial buildings, roads, and parking plans.

      • It is the applicant's responsibility to provide all required information and cooperate with all required field investigations. Discovery of any false or misleading information is grounds for permit denial or revocation.

      • If the applicant is filling out the application questionnaire by hand, neatly print in blue or black ink. Illegible writing will not be accepted.

      • The applicant must respond to all items and questions. If a question does not apply to the project being proposed, write "N/A" (not applicable) in the space provided for your response.

      • If the applicant needs more space for any response, attach additional sheets and identify the additional information by the application form number and question number.

      • The reviewing agencies may ask for additional information to process your application.

Commercial Cannabis Ordinances & Rules


Commercial Cannabis Application Dates, Process & Forms


Application Dates

  1. The Commercial Cannabis Pre-Application is currently available and can be completed and returned to staff. Please either make an appointment to turn in the Pre-Application or email it to: cannabisinfo@edcgov.us. Staff will first evaluate the application before it contacts the applicant for a meeting to discuss the Pre-Application. If you email it, staff will contact you about scheduling an appointment.

  2. The Commercial Cannabis Application is available (e.g. the application is for the Commercial Cannabis Use Permit and the Commercial Cannabis Annual Operating Permit). Applications will not be taken until November 18th. Please review the regulations before filling out the application. It is recommended that interested parties complete the Pre-Application before moving forward with the full application process. If there are questions, please email staff at: cannabisinfo@edcgov.us.

  3. The Commercial Cannabis Application is currently available for existing retailers that were issued a temporary license from the Bureau of Cannabis Control by July 17, 2018 (e.g. the application is for the Commercial Cannabis Use Permit and the Commercial Cannabis Annual Operating Permit). Due to section 130.41.300 (7) (D), applications must be submitted between November 12th and November 14th. If there are questions, please email staff at: cannabisinfo@edcgov.us.

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