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Local authorization for a Cannabis Business comes in the form of both an approved regulatory permit and land use permit. This would include the approval and issuance of a Cannabis zoning clearance through a Conditional Use Permit and regulatory clearance through the issuance of a regulatory permit. Local authorization is granted to the state only if the applicant name, site address, land use, and associated license type match our records exactly. Local authorization approves the land use; it is not a certificate of occupancy.
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Yes. And yes. On February 3, 2018, the City adopted Ordinance Number 804 which provides for comprehensive regulations of both medical and adult use cannabis activities.
Permitted activities include:
Greenhouse cultivation is allowed, as long as the operation’s odors are not detectable and visible from the public right-of-way or an adjacent property. Greenhouse operations shall meet the all criteria for the zoning district it is located in.
Yes. Each residence is allowed up to a maximum limit of 6 mature plants for personal use cultivation, regardless of the number of residents, and regardless of the reason for cultivation (medical and/or adult use). All plants shall be grown indoors. See Section 5-15.03 for Coalinga Municipal Code (Regulations applicable to the personal cultivation of medical marijuana) for more specific locational and operational requirements.
The City allows several types of commercial cannabis activities in its Manufacturing and Business Light Industrial (MBL) zoning district. You can research the zoning of a specific parcel through the City’s GIS system, accessible at LINK.
The City does not have a limit on the number of cannabis permits a business can hold. However, a business that holds a testing license cannot hold any other cannabis licenses.
The City of Coalinga imposes the following cannabis business taxes on licensed cannabis businesses:
Yes. Cannabis operations shall comply with the distance separation requirements from schools as required by State law. In addition, a commercial cannabis operation shall not be located within 1,800 feet from any existing school or proposed school site as identified in the General Plan. Measurements shall be from property boundary to property boundary.
For purposes of this section, school means any public or private school providing instruction in kindergarten or grades 1 through 12, inclusive, but does not include any private school in which education is primarily conducted in private homes.
The term “abut” shall mean as having property lines, street lines, or zoning district lines in common.
As a prerequisite, all prospective applicant will first need to schedule a pre-application meeting by contacting the Community Development Department at 559-935-1533, ext 143 where a full and comprehensive overview of the application process will be discussed.
All commercial cannabis activities require the submission of a regulatory permit and conditional use permit. You will submit a Conditional Use Permit application (PDF). Additional forms and applications for zoning (site plan review, environmental review, ect.), site and/or building modifications can be accessed through the Zoning Documents Folder.
You must submit application processing fees with the filing of the application. Look for Planning Fees in the Fee Schedule for the applicable processing fees for land use and development permits. Look for Building fees for Plan Check fees.
Examples of typical application processing fees associated with cannabis applications:
The review authority for the use permit (Planning Commission) may require conditions of approval to address impacts associated with the proposed use and must make the following findings to approve the permit:
Timeframes will vary from application to application, depending on the complexity of the proposal, site or environmental constraints, and the public process. Current average timeframes for cannabis applications are approximately 60 to 90 days depending on the status of owner/applicant backgrounds and the level of environmental determination.
All Cannabis Operators shall diligently pursue and obtain a state cannabis license as soon as possible in order to secure the applicable state license at the time of the issuance of a certificate of occupancy.
Yes. Multiple Cannabis Businesses may be approved on any one site or parcel if all of the proposed Cannabis Businesses and their co-location are authorized by both local and state law. Cannabis Operators issued permits for multiple license types at the same physical address shall maintain a clear separation between license types unless otherwise authorized by local and state law.
No. There are subsequent steps to complete prior to initiation of use. The land use clearance approves the use on the site subject to compliance with local and state regulations, conditions of approval, building and fire codes, and/or any necessary building or site improvements. Subsequent to the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit (PDF) the applicant’s Regulatory Permit must be approved by the Police Department including the issuance of applicable building permit(s) to confirm compliance with building and fire code occupancy standards, conditions of approval, and applicable Zoning Code requirements related to cannabis activities. In addition, all cannabis land use permits must be followed by the filing of a business license.
Yes. Cannabis licenses issued by the City of Coalinga are subject to annual renewal. A $382 renewal fee shall accompany the renewal application 30 days before the end of each calendar year.
Yes. The operation will be subject to random inspections by the City of Coalinga for compliance with all local and State cannabis regulations in accordance with the City’s monitoring and compliance program.
No. There are no undue concentration limits for cannabis activities on the City of Coalinga.
Yes, in accordance with the City’s arrangement to live scan cannabis employees, the live scan must be conducted at the Coalinga Police Department. Please contact the Police Department to schedule an appointment.
Regulations for the three State agencies that regulate cannabis can be found on our Cannabis Page, under State Regulations. Retail (storefront and non-storefront), distribution and testing are regulated by the Bureau of Cannabis Control; cultivation is regulated by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and manufacturing is regulated by the California Department of Public Health.