Cannabis Information

About

The City of Ventura voters approved a ballot measure for the taxation of cannabis in the City of Ventura in November of 2020.  City Council approved a Regulatory Ordinance on February 24, 2021, allowing certain types of commercial cannabis businesses to operate in the City of Ventura with a cannabis business permit.  

Applications are Being Accepted Now

The first application period for cannabis business permits is open from June 28 - August 11, 2021 (closes at 4:00 pm).  

For timely processing, requests for Zoning Verification Letters should be filed no later than Monday, July 26, 2021.

Application Period 1 does not allow cannabis business permits in the Coastal Zone.  An application or a request for a Zoning Verification Letter for a property located in the Coastal Zone will not be processed.  

For more information about applications, see the Application section below.

How Do I Sign Up for Cannabis Updates?

Sign up for our Notify Me feature to have updates sent directly to your email.  When you Sign In and subscribe, not only will you receive Cannabis Updates, but your email address will be included in a list that will be used to notify subscribers when the application documents are released.  

  • To subscribe, go to Notify Me, enter your email address, and scroll down to the News Flash section and click on the envelope next to Cannabis Updates.  (Do not select text messages.)
  • You will then need to confirm your subscription in the confirmation email. 
  • Cannabis Updates emails will be sent from "noreply@cityofventura.ca.gov" and will say "News Flash" in the subject line with the title of the update.

Did you miss an update?  Don't worry, all Cannabis Updates are archived.  

Be sure to also check answers to all FAQs below.  These are updated regularly.

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Application

Application Period 1 for Cannabis Business Permits is Currently Open: Monday, June 28 - Wednesday, August 11, 2021 (closes at 4:00 pm) 

Application documents for Commercial Cannabis Business Permits were released June 21, 2021.  The application materials may be found below.  See the Application Procedures & Guidelines for instructions on how and when to submit your application and supplemental documentation to ensure you meet all deadlines.

Application Materials:

Zoning Verification

You must submit a Zoning Verification Letter with your completed application packet.  This letter must be requested from our Community Development Department by Monday, July 26, 2021 for timely processing.

NOTE: Application Period 1 does not allow cannabis business permits in the Coastal Zone.  A request for a Zoning Verification Letter for a property located in the Coastal Zone will not be processed.

The Process

You may request a Zoning Verification Letter from Community Development by submitting your request through the web portal at: https://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/1856/Submit-Your-Application  The application type is "Permit Application".  Provide your contact information, the property address, and the type of cannabis business for which you are applying for a permit (retail, distribution, etc.).  

There is a mandatory field on the web portal requiring that a pdf document be uploaded.  There is no specific document pertaining to the cannabis application that must be uploaded here, however, the system will not allow you to move forward without uploading a document.  You may create a pdf with your contact information, property address, and business type and upload this.  

Timeliness

The review process takes approximately 10 working days so you must consider the timeliness of your request in order to receive it back in time to submit it with your application.  You should submit your request no later than Monday, July 26, 2021.  After submitting the request, the City will generate an invoice in approximately 2 days and email it to the email provided by applicant with instructions about how to make a credit card payment.  The verification process will not begin until payment has been received.

For more information about the Zoning Verification Letter, please see the Application Procedures & Guidelines.

Interactive Map 

The interactive map is intended to provide you with the ability to see what the 600' buffer around sensitive uses will look like.  If any part of a property touches a buffer, then that site is ineligible to even apply to locate a cannabis business at that location.  Please note, in addition to these buffers, there will be application criteria for location and neighborhood compatibility that will effect an application evaluation.  See the Application Procedures & Guidelines for the locational criteria.  Zoning verifications must be formally requested and submitted as part of the application process.  Details can be found in the Application Procedures & Guidelines. Use of this map will not be a verification of zoning.

Instructions

The recommended browser to view the map is Chrome.

  • Properties in shades of pink are potential locations for retail cannabis businesses.
  • Properties in shades of light blue are potential locations for retail and industrial cannabis businesses.
  • Be sure to click the "600' School Buffer" to apply the buffer to the map.  
  • Be sure to click the Coastal Zone Buffer.  The City will not accept applications in the Coastal Zone for Application Period 1 (June 28 - August 11, 2021).

Interactive Map

Cannabis Map

Contact Us

For questions about the status of the cannabis program, please contact Yesania Anderson, Management Analyst in Community Development at (805) 654-7717 or by email at yanderson@cityofventura.ca.gov.

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