What's in the ordinance?
The Cannabis Ordinance was passed October 16, 2018 and has been updated twice. It is current law and remains in effect until a new or revised Ordinance is passed at the end of the ongoing Environmental Impact Review (EIR) slated for completion in 2024. The Cannabis ordinance is part of Chapter 26. SONOMA COUNTY ZONING REGULATIONS
Where is cannabis allowed?
What activities are permitted?
What are key provisions of the ordinance
What additional provisions exist?
- Fire Code Requirements. A project requires a Fire Prevention Plan for construction and ongoing operations, including, but not be limited to: emergency vehicle access and turn-around at the facility site(s), vegetation management and fire break maintenance around all structures
- Lighting. All lighting shall be fully shielded, downward casting and not spill over onto structures, other properties or the night sky. All indoor and mixed light operations shall be fully contained so that little to no light escapes. Light shall not escape at a level that is visible from neighboring properties between sunset and sunrise
- Security and Fencing. A Site Security Plan is required. All Site Security Plans are held in a confidential file, exempt from disclosure as a public record
- Air Quality and Odor. All indoor and mixed light cultivation operations and any drying, aging, trimming and packing facilities must be equipped with odor control filtration and ventilation system(s) to control odors, humidity, and mold. All cultivation sites shall utilize dust control measures on access roads and all ground disturbing activities. No provisions for controlling odor on outdoor grows
- Water Source. On-site water supply must meet all uses on a sustainable basis. Trucked water shall not be allowed, except as provided in code. The onsite water supply is considered adequate if from the following sources: Municipal, recycle, surface, well, groundwater well. Special rules apply to different groundwater zones (1,2,3,4)
- Groundwater Monitoring. Water wells used for cultivation are monitored for level and quantity pumped. Results are recorded quarterly and are self reported annually by the grower to the Permit and Resource Management Department
- Health and Safety clause. Requires that no cannabis operation cause a public nuisance or adversely affect health and safety of neighbors, including from odor, noise, traffic or safety