On January 27, 2016 the City of Coachella City Council adopted Ordinances No. 1083 setting forth the zoning regulations to allow medical cannabis cultivation and processing in the M-W (Wrecking Yard) zone, subject to obtaining a Conditional Use Permit, and subject to meeting new zoning development standards:
Ordinance No. 1083 (Zoning Regulations)
*NOTE* Ordinance No. 1083 has been amended by Ordinance No. 1108 with updates in terminology to be in keeping with new State laws coming in 2018.
Ordinance No. 1108 (Commercial Cannabis Activity Zoning)
Ordinance No. 1109, effective August 12, 2017, sets forth the City's new regulatory permitting regulations for all licensees. This ordinance supersedes Ordinance No. 1084 in its entirety.
Ordinance No. 1109 (Commercial Cannabis Activity Regulatory Permit)
The Application for Cannabis Regulatory Permit (CRP) for individual licensees is available below:
CRP Application Form
On April 26, 2017 the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 1103 which allows cannabis cultivation uses in the M-S zone, subject to the I-P (Industrial Park) overlay zone on a minimum of 30 acres.
Ordinance No. 1103 (IP Overlay Zone)
*NOTE* Ordinance No. 1103 has been amended by Ordinance No. 1108 (see above) to allow Cannabis Testing Laboratories as a conditionally-permitted use in the C-G (General Commercial) zone, and to remove reference to "Maximum Site Area Devoted to Cannabis Cultivation Uses".
Overview and Taxation
The policies, background, and taxation for cannabis-related uses is explained in the Study Session slides below:
City Council Study Session Slides
Currently, the City has established the cannabis tax at $15.00/ sq. ft. for the first 20,000 sq. ft., and $7.50 /sq. ft. for the remainder of the grow canopy area for the facility. Additionally, wholesale gross receipts are taxed annually at 4% for cultivation, and 2% for manufacturing and processing. The enabling ordinance for the taxing scheme is available below.
Ordinance No. 1101
Dispensary and Delivery Service
The City of Coachella currently prohibits cannabis dispensaries and delivery services. A City Council study session was held on June 6, 2017 at which time City staff was given direction to bring back an ordinance setting regulations to allow up to four retail dispensaries in the City. Cannabis delivery service businesses (Mobile Dispensaries) will not be allowed under this Ordinance, based on the direction provided by City Council.
Cannabis Projects List
Pending and approved cannabis-related projects, with contact information are listed in the document below.
Cannabis Projects List - October 2017
Please contact the Planning Division staff at (760) 398-3102 for further information.