All outdoor and all commercial (indoor or outdoor) cannabis cultivation is now prohibited within the County. Code Enforcement is coordinating with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), with the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (CVRWQCB), with Fish and Wildlife, with the Sheriff’s Department, and with the public in general to enforce the cannabis ban (Chapter 17.95 of the County Code) and other provisions of the County Code.
Code Compliance will issue notices of violation, citations, and orders to abate to anyone cultivating cannabis in violation of Chapter 17.95 just like it does for any other violations of the County Code. Code Compliance will enforce Chapter 17.95 based upon complaints from the public, complaints from outside agencies, and evidence discovered through the County’s own investigations. CDFA and the CVRWQCB have reached out to Code Compliance so that enforcement activities can be coordinated between state and local authorities. The prioritization of enforcement actions will generally be guided by the severity of violations, the probability of environmental harm, the seriousness of risks to public health and safety posed by illegal cultivation sites, and upon the availability of personnel and resources.
The County Code and the State Water Board’s General Order require former cultivation sites be stabilized to prevent erosion and mitigate storm water and waste water runoff from former sites. Code Compliance will be working with the CVRWQCB to educate cultivators about their obligations in closing out their Notices of Applicability by filing a Notice of Termination (NOT) with the CVRWQCB. Remediation of unregistered cultivation sites will be accomplished through “as built” grading plans, building or demolition permits, and any other such measures as may be required by local and state law. The Code Compliance department will encourage voluntary compliance through education but, where necessary, will compel compliance with all provisions of the County Code and State law through enforcement actions.
Information regarding filing your Notice of Termination can be found here: https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/centralvalley/water_issues/cannabis/general_order/#noticeoftermination