Cannabis & Air Quality

California Proposition 64, The Adult Use of Marijuana Act, went into effect on January 1, 2018 and contains provisions that legalize the cultivation and growing, processing, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of cannabis and cannabis products. Local governments have the authority to regulate cannabis operations within their jurisdiction. The District prepared an APCD Advisory on Air Quality and Cannabis Operations, that provides local agencies and cannabis operators guidance regarding the air quality aspects of this industry. The advisory discusses the District’s regulatory limitations on odors from agricultural operations, recommendations for odor abatement, and cannabis-related operations that may require a District permit.

APCD Comment Letters

Land use agencies, such as Santa Barbara County and cities within the County, have forwarded cannabis-related land use proposals to the District for review and comment. Please see here for the District’s comment letters related to these projects.

Links to more information

Please see the Cannabis Permitting Requirements table to find out what cannabis-related equipment and operations require APCD permits and/or are subject to APCD nuisance requirements.

APCD Cannabis Permit Information

Jurisdictions within Santa Barbara County have adopted restrictions and/or regulations on cannabis-related land uses through their individual planning processes. Links are provided below.

County of Santa Barbara – Cannabis Regulation & Licensing

City of Buellton – Ordinance 18-02

City of Carpinteria – Ordinance No. 721

City of Goleta*** – Ordinance No. 18-02 and 18-03

***City of Goleta ordinance updated June 2019 to allow a maximum of 6 storefronts. For more information, please visit the City of Goleta’s website.

City of Guadalupe – Amendment 9.21

City of Lompoc – Cannabis Regulation & Licensing

City of Santa Barbara – Municipal Code 9.44

City of Santa Maria – Ordinance No. 2018-01

City of Solvang – Ordinance No: 11-12-22, Resolution No. 18-1064