Yolo County and Water Board Permit Compliance for Medicinal Cannabis Farms
May 11, 2016

In March, Yolo County approved an ordinance lifting a ban on outdoor medicinal cannabis cultivation. The Ordinance limits the operations to one-acre and it must be located greater than 1,000 feet from a youth-oriented facility such as a school, bus stop, park, or a church or 75 feet from a legal residential structure located on a separate parcel. In addition, each location must include an opaque fence at least six feet in height with no evidence of cultivation visible from a public right of way or publicly traveled private roads. Operations in Yolo County must also comply with the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board’s adopted waste discharge requirements (Order R5-2015-0013) regulating the discharge of waste, including stormwater, from outdoor and mixed outdoor/indoor medicinal cannabis cultivation activities. Within the size limitation of one acre, most operations in Yolo County can apply for coverage under Order R5-2015-0013 as either a Tier 1 or Tier 2 project. While Tier 1 projects require simply filling out the Notice of Intent (NOI) to file for coverage under Order R5-2015-0013, Tier 2 operations require additional information on biological and cultural resources. If you have questions or need assistance in meeting either Yolo County or Regional Board requirements for medicinal cannabis cultivation, please contact AES.

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