Cannabis & Air Quality

The Cannabis Advisory and Permitting Requirements (both linked below) were updated as of July 10, 2023.

Existing cannabis sources without APCD permits have until December 1, 2023 to apply for permits. See notification sent to stakeholders.

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. 

APCD Advisory on Air Quality and Cannabis Operations

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 Cannabis Permit Information

For more information on APCD permitting requirements visit APCD Cannabis Permit 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.

Jurisdictional Cannabis Land Use Regulations

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*** – Business License

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