County Unveils Commercial Cannabis Information

by Placerville Newswire / Sep 30, 2019 / comments

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Commercial Cannabis businesses in the unincorporated County of El Dorado must obtain a Commercial Cannabis Annual Operating Permit and Commercial Cannabis Use Permit. Once an Operating Permit and Use Permit (Conditional Use Permit) have been obtained, the permittee must obtain a Business License from the Treasurer-Tax Collector. Once a Commercial Cannabis Operating Permit, Commercial Cannabis Use Permit, and Business License have been issued locally, State annual cannabis business licenses must also be obtained. 

The Pre-Application process will cost the applicant significantly less while providing information on potential issues early in the process which allow the applicant to decide if he/she wants to move forward to submit an application. The cost for the full application includes a Commercial Cannabis Use Permit (Conditional Use Permit), which could cost $9,500 or more (the fee for the Conditional Use Permit is moving to time and materials) and the Commercial Cannabis Operating Permit – Initial Application cost are as follows:

Cultivation 
- Commercial Cannabis Operating Permit – Initial Application - $7,284

Existing Retailers
- Commercial Cannabis Operating Permit – Initial Application - $4,553

Retailers, Distribution, and Testing Laboratories
- Commercial Cannabis Operating Permit – Initial Application - $5,642

Manufacturing
- Commercial Cannabis Operating Permit – Initial Application - $6,445

Fees for the full application are due upfront. There are no refunds for the Commercial Cannabis Operating Permit. 

The Pre-Application fee is in the amount of $1,480.  Payments must be submitted along with a completed Pre-Application. Pre-Application fees are non-refundable. The fee covers Pre-Application review from CCPO/Planning and Building, Environmental Management, and Transportation.


Full Application is to obtain complete information on proposed cannabis business operations and associated development on a property to ensure project compliance with the commercial cannabis ordinances and environmental review thereof.  Other information, such as LiveScan, security plans, etc. will be required at this time. The Commercial Cannabis Use Permit application fee will be determined by an "At Cost" basis (*time and materials*). 


Operating Permit and Monitoring Program - to ensure all conditions of approval and operational requirements of a cannabis business operation are met by specified deadlines and that all operations are in conformance with approvals granted. Site inspections may be scheduled in addition to other County Departmental follow-up, as required.  

COMMERCIAL CANNABIS PERMITTING PROGRAM FEE SCHEDULE

Cultivation 

Commercial Cannabis Annual Operating Permit – Initial Application - $7,284
Commercial Cannabis Monitoring Program – $4,933
Commercial Cannabis Annual Operating Permit – Renewal – $4,983

Existing Retailers

Commercial Cannabis Annual Operating Permit – Initial Application - $4,553
Commercial Cannabis Monitoring Program – $3,318
Commercial Cannabis Annual Operating Permit – Renewal – $3,836

Retailers, Distribution, and Testing Laboratories 

Commercial Cannabis Annual Operating Permit – Initial Application - $5,642
Commercial Cannabis Monitoring Program – $3,318
Commercial Cannabis Annual Operating Permit – Renewal – $3,836

Manufacturing 

Commercial Cannabis Annual Operating Permit – Initial Application - $6,445
Commercial Cannabis Monitoring Program – $4,158
Commercial Cannabis Annual Operating Permit – Renewal – $4,419

 

Please Remember – Obtain County Business License: 
It is unlawful for any person to transact any kind of business in the unincorporated territory of the County without possessing an unexpired and unrevoked County business license unless the business is exempt from the license requirements. Business licenses must be renewed annually. A renewal notice will be mailed to you in the month prior to your renewal date. A business license can be obtained through the Treasurer-Tax Collector's Office.

General Advice and Instructions to the Applicant
The information provided in all phases of the application process will be used to determine the eligibility for eventual cannabis land use permits, under County Code Chapter 130.41.  These rules are in the Commercial Cannabis Ordinances below.

The application requirements listed herein are the minimal requirements. Any additional information believed to assist staff in understanding the proposed operation may help to more effectively move it through the review process.

Be advised that the applicant will need the help of professionals at some point in the application process, either based upon a County requirement or to help more efficiently navigate the Commercial Cannabis Operating Permit and Commercial Cannabis Use Permit process. Such professionals may include: land-use consultants familiar with County planning requirements and review procedures; qualified biologists or archaeologists to review sensitive sites; licensed professionals (architects, civil engineers, traffic engineers, surveyors, engineering geologists, etc.) to prepare grading plans, design commercial buildings, roads, and parking plans.

It is the applicant's responsibility to provide all required information and cooperate with all required field investigations. Discovery of any false or misleading information is grounds for permit denial or revocation.

If the applicant is filling out the application questionnaire by hand, neatly print in blue or black ink. Illegible writing will not be accepted.

The applicant must respond to all items and questions. If a question does not apply to the project being proposed, write "N/A" (not applicable) in the space provided for your response.

If the applicant needs more space for any response, attach additional sheets and identify the additional information by the application form number and question number.

The reviewing agencies may ask for additional information to process your application.
Commercial Cannabis Ordinances & Rules

Commercial Cannabis Ordinance 5107 -Taxation of Independently Authorized Commercial Cannabis Activities
Commercial Cannabis Ordinance 5110 - Outdoor And Mixed-Light Cultivation of Commercial Cannabis
Commercial Cannabis Ordinance 5111 - Retail Sale, Distribution, Indoor Cultivation, Laboratory Testing, And Manufacturing of Commercial Cannabis
Commercial Cannabis Ordinance 5112 -Adopting an Update to Title 130 (Zoning Ordinance)
Commercial Cannabis Application Dates, Process & Forms

Application Dates

The Commercial Cannabis Pre-Application is currently available and can be completed and returned to staff. Please either make an appointment to turn in the Pre-Application or email it to: cannabisinfo@edcgov.us. Staff will first evaluate the application before it contacts the applicant for a meeting to discuss the Pre-Application. If you email it, staff will contact you about scheduling an appointment.

The Commercial Cannabis Application is available (e.g. the application is for the Commercial Cannabis Use Permit and the Commercial Cannabis Annual Operating Permit). Applications will not be taken until November 18th. Please review the regulations before filling out the application. It is recommended that interested parties complete the Pre-Application before moving forward with the full application process. If there are questions, please email staff at: cannabisinfo@edcgov.us.

The Commercial Cannabis Application is currently available for existing retailers that were issued a temporary license from the Bureau of Cannabis Control by July 17, 2018 (e.g. the application is for the Commercial Cannabis Use Permit and the Commercial Cannabis Annual Operating Permit). Due to section 130.41.300 (7) (D), applications must be submitted between November 12th and November 14th. If there are questions, please email staff at: cannabisinfo@edcgov.us.

See More Details Here on the County's Website: https://www.edcgov.us/Government/CAO/Cannabis/Pages/Cannabis---Commercial.aspx?