New Cannabis FAQs have been posted today, 7/20/21, to the City's webpage. Be sure to read the questions and answers here: https://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/Faq.aspx?QID=429
Updates have also been made to Zoning Verification section of the City's Cannabis Information webpage (The Zoning Verification section is located directly under the Application section). Changes that were made to this section are in red font below for your convenience.
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.
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.
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.