The citizens of the City of San Bernardino opted to adopt California Proposition 215 (Compassionate Use Act) and starting accepting licenses as of June 5, 2017 for marijuana business permits. This comes well over 6 months after voters approved Measure O, San Bernardino Regulate Marijuana Act of 2016.
Measure O stipulates that applicants who wish to submit a Medical Marijuana Business Permit be for a property that is at least 600 feet from residential zones. To equip applicants for cultivation, manufacturing, testing, transportation or distribution, analysis has been completed by the city to best identify the viable business locations. Yet, there is more than just the business type and property location to consider when applying.
There are some pending legal arguments against Measure O, but of the 4 pending only 2 of them are being considered as having any merit. The City will continue to keep you informed of its progress, but feel free to visit the San Bernardino city web site periodically for updates.
Step 1: Identify a Permissible Property Location
Maps and matrixes are provided by the city of the viable locations approved for cultivation, manufacturing, testing, transportation and distribution. The city refers to the permissible areas as M-B Overlay 1 and M-B Overlay 2. The allowable locations for applicants are not only identified via the additional maps and matrix resources, but each plotted area is assigned an “Assessor Parcel Number” (APN). Of those APN’s note as follows:
It should be noted that an APN # is a requirement as part of the application process, and will need to be reference on the application form. This is in addition to the property address, zoning district, general plan designation and which of the two M-B Overlays the location is listed within.
Step 2: Prepare the Project Information Profile
Applicants must complete the standard Marijuana Business Permit Application as well as provide supplemental information depending on the license type. Prior to submission, it is recommended the Measure O guidelines be fully reviewed, as there are some additional requirements articulated on the requirements of the operating business.
General application requirement checklist:
Once the application is approved there are additional permit fees that are at a minimum of $250 annually and an additional $1 per square foot of operating space.
Site Plan [1” = 10’] (Quantity of 3 Copies):
It should be noted that no marijuana business shall be allowed to operate out of any temporary or portable structure.
Floor Plan [1/4” = 1’] (Quantity of 3 Copies):
Area Map [1” = 50’] (Quantity of 3 Copies):
Business Plan (shall contain a minimum of the following information):
For further details and the application form, go the City of San Bernardino’s web site and their Marijuana Business Permit Application. On the same site, there’s an additional form available for their live scanning capabilities.
Marijuana Business Live Scan Form will initiate the Live Scan Fingerprinting services which is a technique used by law enforcement agencies and private Live Scan Service Providers. The technology electronically captures fingerprints (and palm prints at designated agencies) without using ink and/or paper. Since this form is available, applicants should be prepared for the following:
While there are no deadlines, or caps on the number of permits being offered, applicants will see limits based on available real estate. Early preservation of compliant properties will be key to obtaining permitting in the City of San Bernardino along with the appropriate prerequisites through the state and background check approvals.
Applicants can sign up to receive email updates regarding the implementation process and status by contacting Stephanie Sanchez at Sanchez_Stephanie@SBCity.org or 909-384-7272 x.3343. Application questions should be directed to Planning Division Associate Planner Travis Martin at Martin_Tr@SBCity.org or 909-384-5313 inclusive of questions on application fees.
Other City Resources:
City Council Resolution 2016-177
Measure O full text initiative packet
Measure O Interactive Map
County of San Bernardino Elections Office of the Registrar of Voters election results