Humboldt County Code Enforcement is changing up the process for securing a permit to grow pot. Growers need both an approved county permit and a state license. This year’s notices will look a little bit different than the nearly 700 cases from 2018. The Planning and Building Department issues civil code Notices to Abate Nuisance and Notices of Violation and Proposed Administrative Penalty for unpermitted cannabis operations, which often also include violations for unpermitted structures such as greenhouses, unpermitted grading over 50 cubic yards, and unpermitted development in streamside management areas.
Last year’s notices were more generally worded and the fines were consolidated into a category. That will not be the case this year. These changes will provide Code Enforcement staff more flexibility based on the scale and impact of an unpermitted operation when issuing notices, as well as when resolving these cases though abatements, compliance agreements, and appeal hearings. The bottom line is active enforcement on unpermitted cannabis operations has continued through the rainy season and staff will begin issuing notices again in the near future.