Cannabis Overlay Zones
Mendocino County is amending its cannabis regulations to establish two new types of Combining Districts: Commercial Cannabis Accommodation Combining Districts (Opt-In Districts) are areas intended to support continued operations by existing growers, and Commercial Cannabis Prohibition Combining Districts (Opt-Out Districts) are areas where commercial cannabis operations would be restricted.
Michael Baker staff is now preparing the specific code language that will be considered by the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors. Public hearings on the County code update are anticipated to begin with a Planning Commission hearing in either late September of early October.
Michael Baker International, the County’s consultant, and County staff discussed the purpose and intent of the Combining Districts and the boundaries of the proposed Opt-In Districts and Opt-Out Districts at community meetings held on July 26th and 27th. These meetings were very helpful in providing an understanding of the interests and concerns of each affected community.
- Covelo Opt-In Combining District - Thursday, July 26th, 10:00 to Noon Round Valley Public Library, 23925 Howard St, Covelo, CA 95428
- Mitchell Creek Opt-In Combining District - Thursday, July 26th, 5:00 to 7:00 PM Caspar Community Center, South Room, 15051 Caspar Road, Caspar CA 95420
- Laytonville and South Leggett Opt-In Combining Districts - Friday, July 27th, 10:00 to Noon Long Valley Garden Club, 375 Harwood Road, Laytonville, CA 95454
- Deerwood and Woody Glen Opt-Out Combining Districts - Friday, July 27th, 5:00 to 7:00 PM County Administration Center, Board Chambers, 501 Low Gap Road, Ukiah, CA 95482
A summary of the workshop discussions and the supplemental input received through comment cards has been compiled and can be viewed at:
Frameworks for Proposed Regulations:
Based on input from three community subgroups that were established to help guide regulations for exceptions, opt-in and opt-out. With input from the subgroups, Michael Baker prepared Framework documents that identify the key provisions for each topic area that will be incorporated in the County code. The Board of Supervisors reviewed the Framework documents on June 12, 2018 and, with minor revisions, approved the documents and directed staff to proceed with the code update.
- Covelo Core Opt-In District
- Covelo Fairbanks Rd Opt-In District
- Laytonville Opt-In District
- Mitchell Creek North Opt-In District - Alt 1
- Mitchell Creek North Opt-In District - Alt 2
- Mitchell Creek South Opt-In District
- South Leggett Opt-In District
- Boonville Woodyglen Opt-Out District
- Deerwood Opt-Out District
Submit comments to the Board at email@example.com.
Covelo Opt-In Overlay Zone - Thursday, July 26th, 10:00 to Noon
Round Valley Public Library, 23925 Howard St, Covelo, CA 95428
Mitchell Creek Opt-In Overlay Zone - Thursday, July 26th, 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Caspar Community Center, South Room, 15051 Caspar Road, Caspar CA 95420
Laytonville and South Leggett Opt-In Overlay Zones - Friday, July 27th, 10:00 to Noon
Long Valley Garden Club, 375 Harwood Road, Laytonville, CA 95454
Deerwood and Woody Glen Opt-Out Zones - Friday, July 27th, 5:00 to 7:00 PM
County Administration Center, Board Chambers, 501 Low Gap Road, Ukiah, CA 95482
Have a question about the County’s cannabis program? Call the Cannabis Information Hotline at 1-844-421-WEED(9333).
If you would like to receive updates on the cannabis program, please sign up for Canna Notes e Notifications.
Check out the Cannabis Cultivation Program FAQs.
Need to file a complaint regarding a potential cannabis related issue? Call 1-844-421-WEED(9333) or complete a complaint form.
Permits and Licenses
Need to apply for a cannabis related permit or license? The table below identifies where to go for various types of permits, licenses and information.
Cannabis Facilities Business License
To apply for a cannabis processing, manufacturing, testing laboratory, retailer, distribution or microbusiness business license complete the Cannabis Facilities Business License application packet and submit it to the Tax Collector along with the applicable fee.
Cannabis Cultivation Permit
1. Make an appointment with Planning and Building Services to review the application site plan and generate a zoning clearance. Planning and Building Services will provide the applicant with a Initial Cannabis Cultivation Checklist and Zoning Clearance to take to the Department of Agriculture.
2.Make an appointment with the Department of Agriculture to submit a cannabis application, including proof of prior cultivation.
3. Once the Department of Agriculture staff have reviewed the Initial Cannabis Cultivation Application and zoning clearance, you will then take the signed Initial Application Review Checklist to the Treasurer/Tax Collectors Office to make a payment of a non-refundable application fee.
4. Upon payment, proof of payment for the processing of your application must be delivered to the Department of Agriculture. Once your proof of payment has been verified by the Department of Agriculture, your application will be processed
890 North Bush St.
Treasurer Tax - Collector
|501 Low Gap Rd, Room 1060
Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone: (707) 234-6875
Planning and Building Services
860 North Bush Street
501 Low Gap Road, Room 1010
Cannabis Cultivation Regulations
Please Note as of January 1, 2018, the Agricultural Exempt Building Application has been update to address hoop houses and storage buildings for cannabis cultivation. Please contact Planning and Building for more information.
Resolution No. 17-042 - adopting the Mitigated Negative Declaration and Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program for the Medical Cannabis Cultivation Regulation. For the full report please see the agenda item.
Cannabis Facilities Regulations
On October 17, 2017, Mendocino County adopted Chapter 20.243 - Cannabis Facilities and Chapter 6.36 Cannabis Facilities Businesses (Ordinance No. 4394) to permit the other aspects of the cannabis industry (dispensing/retail, distribution, processing, testing and manufacturing). The ordinance will take effect on November 16, 2017. For more information on how to apply for a Cannabis Facilities Business License, please contact the Treasurer Tax Collector's Office. For more information on zoning or building requirements, please contact the Planning and Building Services Department.
Contact information for State Agencies
Cannabis Questions? Call 1-844-421-WEED(9333)