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Posted on: July 9, 2021

7/9/21 Cannabis FAQs Posted

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The following FAQs and information have been posted today, 7/9/21.


What revisions were made to the Application Procedures & Guidelines on 7/7/21?

 The revised Application Procedures & Guidelines are posted to the City’s Cannabis Information webpage under the Application section.   The revisions made are as follows:

 1. The Application Period 1 is from Monday, June 28 – Wednesday, August 11, 2021.  The application displayed the incorrect day of the week.  It has been corrected and now reads Wednesday.

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2. Section B.8. (page 8) of Appendix A is edited as shown below.  The wording “and/or before Nov 1, 2019.” is removed.

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The Application Procedures & Guidelines reference a Property Owner Consent form.  Is there a Property Owner Consent form provided by the City or should we format our own form for this?

There is a Property Owner Consent form that is now provided on the Cannabis Information webpage under the Application section.

ZONING QUESTIONS

How do I submit and pay for a request for Zoning Verification Letter?  Where do I find the Zone Clearance form?

You must submit a Zoning Verification Letter with your completed application packet.  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.).  

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.  After submitting the request, the City will generate an invoice 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 on the City’s Cannabis Information webpage.

Can cannabis retail storefronts apply in light industrial zones? 

Yes, the M-1 Limited Industrial zoning district permits “retail” by right.

However, be sure you obtain a Zoning Verification Letter as early as possible from the City to submit with your application packet as the ZVL is the only official zoning approval and is required as part of your cannabis permit application submittal.  Processing of the ZVL will take approximately 10 working days so you must consider the timeliness of your request to receive it back in time to submit with your application.  

See the Application section of the Cannabis Information webpage for more information and review the Application Procedures & Guidelines.

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