News and Updates
On December 3, 2019, the City Council voted to implement a 600-foot sensitive use buffer and implement the state definition of sensitive use. The conceptual retail map for commercial cannabis are shown below:
The definition of sensitive use is:
The State of California stipulates that cannabis-related uses cannot be located closer than 600-feet from a sensitive use, which is defined by state law as K-12 schools (including private and charter schools), daycare centers, youth centers, and public parks. Local governments, however, are allowed to designate smaller, or larger, buffer zones if these buffer zones are codified in an ordinance. State law mandates the 600-foot distance be calculated, parcel to parcel (boundary line to boundary line). This means if 600 feet touches any part of a legal parcel, the entire area cannot contain cannabis-related uses. State law is silent on the buffer zone from cannabis use to residential properties; setting that buffer is entirely up to the local government. In October 2018, Council determined that the City should adhere to the state-mandated 600-foot buffer and not impose a more stringent distance separation requirement.
The retail cannabis ordinance will be effective on January 18, 2020. The competitive application window for retail cannabis licenses is anticipated to open in early February 2020. Consult this website for announcements regarding this timeframe and process.
In November 2018, the City Council adopted a tax ordinance. You can access the tax ordinance here.
Cannabis Manufacturing, Testing, and Distribution Ordinance
On October 1, 2019 the City Council adopted Ord. 2965, which was an amendment to Ord. No. 2960 regulating the manufacturing, testing, and distribution of cannabis. Ordinance No. 2965 will become effective on November 1, 2019.
Cannabis Ordinance Overlay Map Viewer
At the City Council’s July 30, 2019 meeting, Council gave conceptual approval to permit eight (8) manufacturers, one (1) testing lab, and three (3) distributors in the initial phase of cannabis review (Year 1). Of these, five (5) manufacturers would be permitted regardless of residency or income status; three (3) cannabis manufacturing permits would be reserved for local residents. Guidelines pertaining to who would be permitted to secure these three (3) permits will be developed as part of the Oxnard Cannabis Equity Program. This program is envisioned to be developed over the next year. For all cannabis permits, a Community Benefits Agreement will be required. Agreement provision will include:
- Local hiring preference requirement (min. 50% of local residents) for retail dispensaries (not permitted at this time), manufacturing, and distribution businesses.
- Yearly application workshops and training for local residents on cannabis dispensary operations (not permitted at this time).
- Yearly donation of 1% of gross sales of cannabis items to assist local organizations and nonprofits. Donation shall represent 1% of gross revenues from cannabis sales to be donated to local charities and/or contribute actual items (i.e., beds for homeless shelter) or manpower for community needs.
- One time donation of $25,000 into City of Oxnard’s Cannabis Community Reinvestment Fund for each cannabis manufacturer, distribution, and dispensary (not permitted at this time). These funds will be used to assist in local cannabis business development, training and education, and ownership opportunities. The Cannabis Community Reinvestment Fund is intended to help fund cost barriers to local resident’s entry into the next phase of cannabis retail dispensary and manufacturing permitting. Funds are intended as cannabis incubator program funds and will be used as part of the development of the Oxnard Cannabis Equity program.
The cannabis manufacturing, testing, and distribution application window closed on October 10, 2019. The City may consider a future application window in 2020.
Application steps are summarized below and are more fully described within the Application Procedure Guidelines. The following steps and application materials will also be utilized for future permtting of retail cannabis dispensaries.
1. Secure a Zoning Verification Letter (ZVL) from the Oxnard Planning Division. The City is no longer requiring live scan in order to file an application associated with Phase 1.
2. Submit application and determination of eligibility; submit City issued ZVL. Both documents are required to be submitted with the application. Failure to submit both of these is grounds to reject an application (Phase 1). ALL ITEMS IDENTIFIED WITHIN APPENDIX A (FINAL APPLICATION PROCEDURE GUIDELINE) ARE REQUIRED TO BE SUBMITTED WITH PHASE 1 SUBMITTAL.
3. Application evaluation and initial ranking; submit proof of live scan initiation with the Oxnard Police Department (Phase 2)
4. Interviews and second ranking (Phase 3).
5. Authorization to file an application seeking a commercial cannabis business permit (Phase 4).
Application materials can be downloaded here:
· Phase 1 Commercial Cannabis Business Application (Amended)
Cannabis Business owner Background Application (request for Live Scan) available from Oxnard Police Department. Livescan is currently suspended at this time. Reach out to the Police Department for an update regarding the Live Scan process. The number for the Police Department can be accessed on the application procedures guidelines.
On December 3, 2019, the City Council considered a draft retail dispensary ordinance. Click on the links below to access the staff report, maps, and draft ordinance.
Application materials will be released at the end of January 2020. A request for a zoning verification letter will not be accepted until the application window is opened. Consult this website for future notifications regarding the application window.
Retail cannabis is not currently permitted within the City.
This section contains past public meetings with links to various documents such as staff reports and presentations.
August 15, 2019, Planning Commission Staff Report PZ 19-580-05
July 30, 2019, City Council staff report on cannabis (Item K-1)
The City of Oxnard has released the attached draft retail cannabis ordinance for public comment. Review comments should be provided in writing between July 24th and August 6th. Written comments should be emailed to Kathleen.Mallory@oxnard.org
The City has released conceptual locations where retail cannabis will be permitted. These maps are conceptual in nature, and should not be considered final or be used as the basis to make land-use decisions. Through the retail ordinance review and approval process, it is likely that the retail cannabis location map will be refined. You can access these maps by going to:
The Planning Commission will consider the attached draft retail ordinance at its public hearing on August 15th. See – https://www.oxnard.org/
Public comments will also be accepted at the Planning Commission’s 6:00 p.m. Aug. 15th public hearing which will be held at 305 W. Third Street, Oxnard.
The City Council is tentatively scheduled to consider the draft retail cannabis ordinance at it’s Council meeting on Sept. 17, 2019.
Please keep in mind that these locations are conceptual and that the permitting of cannabis will be required to comply with all City and State regulations. The City’s regulations and permit procedures will be available on this website beginning on August 1, 2019.
On June 4, 2019, the City Council conducted a first reading of an ordinance to regulate cannabis manufacturing, testing, and distribution. A copy of the staff report, powerpoint presentation, and ordinance can be accessed here.
This ordinance will be effective on July 19th. Application materials for manufacturing, testing, and distribution will be available beginning in early July and will be made available through this webpage.
The City Council will consider an ordinance to address retail dispensaries at their meeting on September 17, 2019. A draft of the dispensary ordinance will be available for public review sometime in July 2019.
On April 4, 2019, the Planning Commission considered a draft cannabis manufacturing, testing, and distribution ordinance. At this meeting, the Planning Commission voted to recommend the City Council adopt the draft cannabis manufacturing, testing, and distribution ordinance. The City Council will consider this draft ordinance in June 2019. Click here for a copy of the staff report. Click here for the Powerpoint (PDF).
Land use siting maps are based upon the following criteria.
Land Use Siting Considerations
The State of California stipulates that cannabis-related uses cannot be located closer than 600-feet from a sensitive use, which is defined by state law as K-12 schools (including private and charter schools), daycare centers, youth centers, and public parks. Local governments, however, are allowed to designate smaller, or larger, buffer zones if these buffer zones are codified in an ordinance. State law mandates the 600-foot distance be calculated, parcel to parcel (boundary line to boundary line). This means if 600 feet touches any part of a legal parcel, the entire area cannot contain cannabis-related uses. State law is silent on the buffer zone from cannabis use to residential properties; setting that buffer is entirely up to the local government. In October 2018, Council determined that the City should adhere to the state-mandated 600-foot buffer and not impose a more stringent distance separation requirement
On April 4th, the Planning Commission will consider a draft ordinance to regulate the manufacturing, testing, and distribution of cannabis.
If you have questions regarding this report item please call (805) 385-7858
On April 3, 2019, the Inter-Neighborhood Council received a presentation regarding potential retail dispensary locations within the City of Oxnard.
The City of Oxnard is seeking your input on an ordinance for the regulation of Manufacturing, Testing, and Distribution of Cannabis and Cannabis products. Please provide written comments on this ordinance by March 13, 2019. For questions, please call or email Kathleen Mallory, Planning & Environmental Services Manager at (805) 385-7858 or Kathleen.Mallory@oxnard.org
On October 2, 2018, the City Council considered cannabis land-use options. A link to the City Council staff report and presentation can be located here:
At the conclusion of this meeting, the City Council directed staff to proceed to develop cannabis manufacturing, testing, and distribution regulations. Planning staff is currently working on these; draft regulations will be presented to the City Council in Spring 2019.
Additionally, the City Council directed staff to refine cannabis land-use options for dispensaries and cultivation. Staff will be working on these over the next eight to ten months; follow up land use options will be presented to the City Council in Spring 2019.