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Posted on: July 28, 2021

[ARCHIVED] 7/28/21 Cannabis FAQs Posted

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The following FAQs were posted today, 7/28/21.   To see all cannabis FAQs, click here.   



Fencing Requirement



Is it a huge deal if there is not an ability to install a perimeter fence/gate around the retail property if there is a property line issue?  I wanted to make sure we understand the ordinance.



Fencing is a requirement per San Buenaventura Municipal Code section 6.420.400.(1), but it is also subject to approval by the Police Chief.  For some properties, it may not be feasible to have complete perimeter fencing so the Police Chief can approve less fencing if the property will still be secure.


Application Format



Would it be acceptable if some or all of the pages of the application are in landscape (horizontal) orientation rather than portrait (vertical) orientation? The pages would still be in the standard 8.5x11 size, but the text would just be across the wider length of the page rather than the shorter length. 



For ease of review, it is preferable to have all application pages in vertical/portrait orientation, however, it is not a requirement and therefore, a few pages may be in horizontal/landscape orientation.


Zoning Verification Letter



In the situation where an applicant is leasing from a property, can the owner of the property submit a ZVL application on behalf of the applicant? OR does the applicant need to apply for their own ZVL (the same applicant for a cannabis permit) showing that they are leasing from the owner?



The applicant should apply for the Zoning Verification Letter so the name on the cannabis permit application matches the applicant on the letter.  When you submit your cannabis permit application, you will separately include a signed Property Owner Consent form, Lease Agreement, or a Letter of Intention to Lease (PDF File #6 on page 4 in the Application Procedures and Guidelines).


Living Wage



The guidelines, specifically Section B(6) states “Describe whether the cannabis business is committed to offering employees a Living Wage” (emphasis added); I do not see a definition for “Living Wage” in the regulations, FAQs, or the guidelines.  has this term been defined by the City?  thank you.



The living wage should be for Ventura County based on a single person.  See the following website:





In reviewing Ordinance No. 2021-004 I noticed that the numbering for certain sections differs from what appears on Municode. I have specifically noticed this in section 6.420.410. Which numbering scheme should I follow - the PDF ordinance, or Municode?



Per our City Attorney’s office, please use the MuniCode.  

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