Cannabis Regulations

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Over the last several years, California voters and the state legislature created a legal framework to enable the cannabis industry to move into a regulated commercial market. In response to these changes, on July 17, 2018, the Goleta City Council adopted a Cannabis Land Use Ordinance (Ordinance No. 18-03) to permit and regulate medicinal and adult cannabis uses and adopted a Cannabis Business License Ordinance (Ordinance No. 18-02). The City is currently implementing these ordinances.  Information on applying for a cannabis permit can be found below.

On October 2, 2018, the City Council initiated the process of a General Plan amendment to consider allowable cannabis uses in the Land Use Element Tables 2-1 through 2-4 and an ordinance amendment to reconsider uses, locations, and buffers. On January 23, 2019, the City Council received public input and provided direction to City staff regarding the scope of the amendments. The staff report, slide presentation, and written public comment are found here.

Staff will continue to update this website page when new information is released to the public.

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Meetings & Workshops 

Information on past meetings and workshops that have been held are available here.

Application Information 

For a business license application and instructions, go to  You must schedule an appointment with the finance department to submit your business license application and fee, as outlined on our Cannabis Business License page in the link above.

Cannabis Application Materials

Cannabis Application Fees

  • Land Use Permit (LUP): $1,000 deposit
  • Conditional Use Permit (CUP - Minor or Major): $3,433 deposit 

Ordinances and Resolutions

Cannabis Land Use Ordinance Public Comment