The primary purpose of the Community Development Department is to provide guidance and coordination for all land planning and development activities throughout the unincorporated portions of Lake County. The Department is composed of three Divisions: Building and Safety, Code Enforcement, and Planning.

Marijuana Cultivation Cannabis Cultivation - See Article 27 of the Zoning Ordinance (Cannabis conditions start at page 27-110)

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Interim Early Activation Urgency Ordinance No. 3107 Extension Request Report Pursuant to Government Code 65858(d).

The CDD Planning Division is currently accepting consultant prepared environmental reviews on a limited basis. The following steps must be complete before an outside prepared environmental review can be submitted to CDD for review

  1. The cannabis permit applications must be deemed complete
  2. The Request for Review process must have concluded (30 days)
  3. AB52 Consultation must have concluded (30 Days)
  4. Biological Assessment must be completed correctly (following the state protocols)
  5. CEQA determination has been completed by staff (IS or CatEx)

Staff will review the submitted documentation and reach out to the applicant to provide one of the following options for the completion of an environmental review

  1. The option to have CDD Complete the environmental review
  2. The option to have CDD select a third party consultant (at the applicant's charge)
  3. The option for the applicant to select their own environmental consultant (please note that CDD as Lead Agency is still the lead agency for outside prepared environmental reviews - Work prepared by a consultant must be verified by the Community Development Department prior to the CDD submitting these documents into the CEQA system and Only the County can submit documentation to the CEQANet).

Please do not submit an environmental review with a submitted application as this could delay the permit processing. Any environmental reviews that have been submitted without staff's direction will be returned back to the applicant unread and unprocessed.

Known Environmental Consultants

The CDD has prepared a list of known environmental consultants to reach out to for preparation of environmental reviews associated with cannabis cultivation permits.

Click here to access Staff Reports that are posted on the Planning Commission Agenda.  

Please submit building permit application via accela.

During a Special Meeting held on January 19, 2021 in response to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases within the County of Lake, the BOS voted to close the Courthouse to the public effective immediately while ensuring that the delivery of services will continue via electronic methods. The CDD has immediately enacted a COVID-19 Response Action Plan to ensure that all CDD services can be seamlessly transitioned to electronic and teleconferencing. That Action Plan includes the following but is not limited to:

  1. Using email, telephone, and video conference services as much as possible
  2. Updating this website in real time to address any changes and provide guidance on how to access these electronic services

The CDD is pleased to announce the new Cannabis Permitting page. Many frequently answered questions for Cannabis Permitting in Lake County can be found on this page. To submit a Cannabis permit, please follow the instructions under our main Planning page.

*Reminder of 10/31 deadline for Applicable Regional Water Quality Control Board or State Water Resources Control Board Enrollment*

This is a brief reminder that the County of Lake CDD will not accept cannabis permit applications unless the property proposed for cannabis cultivation is enrolled in the applicable water quality protection programs by October 31, 2020. Proof of enrollment includes a Notice of Applicability. Notice of Receipts will not be accepted.

Please note, this policy was approved by the Board of Supervisors on May 12, 2020.

Section 1 Subsection (a) of Section 27.3(at)(2)(i)(b) of Chapter 21 of the Lake County Code is hereby amended, and shall read as follows:

a. The property proposed for commercial cannabis cultivation shall be enrolled with the applicable Regional Water Quality Control Board or State Water Resources Control Board for water quality protection programs as of October 31, 2020, or the applicant shall provide written verification from the appropriate board that enrollment is not necessary.

RecoverCA California is offering a Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Grant Program for Lake County Residents. This program provides grants to eligible homeowners whose primary residence was impacted by eligible 2017 and 2018 wildfires, mudflows, and debris flows. Grants for eligible homeowners based on recovery need: up to $150,000 for 2017 disasters and up to $200,000 for 2018 disasters. In order to qualify for assistance applications must complete the Disaster Housing Assistance Survey.

Eligible Participants Must:
• Be a U.S. citizen or a qualified alien.
• Have legally owned and occupied a single-family dwelling in an affected county as their primary residence during the disasters.
• Have sustained damages directly linked to one of the eligible disasters.
• Be current on property taxes or have an approved payment plan or tax exemption
Eligible Disasters Include:

    1. October 2017 wildfires: Atlas, Canyon II, Cascade, LaPorte, Lobo, McCourtney, Nun, Patrick, Pocket, Redwood Valley, Sulphur, and Tubbs Fires.
    2. December 2017 wildfires, mudflows, and debris flows: Creek, Liberty, Lilac, Little Mountain, Skirball, Rye, and Thomas Fires.
    3. July through September 2018 wildfires and high winds: Carr and Mendocino Complex Fires.
    4. November 2018 wildfires: Camp, Hill, and Woolsey Fires.

Please note that this is not a County Offered Grant Program. RecoverCA is the main point of contact for technical assistance with obtaining the grant, any  assistance completing the survey or additional information.
They can be reached via email at  [email protected]  or telephone 916-263-6461

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The information here has been provided as a convenience to the reader. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information contained within this website. However, in the event of a discrepancy between this website and the governing municipal, building or zoning by-law, and any other governing by-law, the governing by-law will take precedence.