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Cannabis Program

The designated authority throughout Monterey County, in both unincorporated areas and within city jurisdictions

The Monterey County Health Department, Environmental Health Bureau (MCHD, EHB) is the designated authority throughout Monterey County, in both unincorporated areas and within city jurisdictions alike, to review and issue permits for retail food sales, hazardous materials and hazardous waste management and composting operations. Based on the wide array of activities that can occur at a cannabis facility, at least one Health permit is usually required to be obtained prior to commencement of operation.

Our Primary focus is to protect the public's health, and the Environmental though education while addressing regulations encompassing Consumer Health Protection, Drinking Water, Environmental Health Reviews, Hazardous Materials, Recycling and Resources Recovery, Solid Waste Management, and Animal Services.

Examples of facilities that may require Health permits:

  • ✓Cultivation or Nursery Sites
  • ✓ Dispensaries
  • ✓manufacturing facilities
  • ✓Testing Facilities
  • ✓Transportation and Distribution Operations

Prior to any city or municipality granting a cannabis facility a permit to operate, the EHB must review the proposed operation to determine if a Health permit(s) is required and when determined necessary, the applicant must obtain the Health permit prior to commencement of operation.

Submit the following to EHB
  1. Completed Request for Service Application form
  2. Comprehensive project description with scope of operations
  3. Completed Hazardous Materials Questionnaire
    • If the answer is ‘YES’ to any of these questions, provide a list of hazardous materials/wastes with their corresponding quantities
  4. Descriptive plan for solid waste management, including composting activities (Download Here)
  5. Payment for 3 hours of staff time to review the application (currently $152/hour), made payable to the Monterey County Health Department.

Within approximately 10 business days, the EHB will contact the applicant to:

  1. .Request additional information, or
  2. Provide a list of required Health permits, or
  3. Provide documentation that no Health permits are required

Questions should be directed to Ric Encarnacion, (831) 755 - 4542. Additional information about how to apply for a food facility permit, hazardous materials or waste permit, or composting permit is available on the EHB website: www.mtyhd.org/eh

You may also download this information in PDF form here: Download here

Program Contact Information

Environmental Health Bureau Review of Cannabis Operation Applications
Contact: Nicole Fowler
Phone: (831) 755-4584
Email: fowlerne@co.monterey.ca.us


Consumer Protection Services for Cannabis Operation
Contact: Susan Rimando
Phone: (831) 755 - 4957
Email: RimandoS@co.monterey.ca.us

Contact: Marni Flagg
Phone: (831) 647 - 7863
Email: FlaggMM@co.monterey.ca.us


Cannabis Operations Hazardous Materials Management
Contact: Sandra Tauriac
Phone: (831) - 755-4546
Email: TauriacSK@co.monterey.ca.us


Cannabis Waste Management Guidance
Contact: Maria Ferdin
Phone: (831) 755-8915
Email: ferdinme@co.monterey.ca.us

Environmental Health Cannabis Permitting

Click on one of the drop-downs below to find the form, link, or information you are looking for:

The Cultivation of Cannabis within Monterey County may need the following permits to operate.

Animal Services
Licensing of security dogs
For information, please see Animal Licensing.

Consumer Protection Services
Field Toilet program (PE# 2125,2126,2127,2020,2021)
For information, please see this page.

Employee Housing (PE# 8014,8018,8021,8023,8025,8027,8029,8040,8044)
For information, please see this page.

Drinking Water Protection Services
Program and fees - (PE #C004)
EHB’s Public Water System web page:Public Water Systems Land Use Entitlements
To see Water System Requirements for a Complete Status, Click here.

Environmental Health Review Services
Cannabis related operations and fees - (PE# 2610-2672,2072,2701,2702,2703,2704,2705,2706)
Cannabis Related Operations.

Hazardous Materials Services
For Hazardous Materials Storage Permits (PE #C002)
Hazardous Waste Program, Hazardous Materials Business Plan Requirements, Above-ground Storage Tanks, CERS.

Solid Waste Services
Solid Waste Handling Plan (PE#C003)
Cannabis Waste Management - Download Here.
Additional Information can be found at calrecycle.ca.gov

Wells
New well construction or demolition of old wells (PE#)
Information can be found here!

Environmental Health Review Services
Cannabis related operations and fees - (PE# 2610-2672,2072,2701,2702,2703,2704,2705,2706)
Cannabis Related Operations

Solid Waste Services
Solid Waste Handling Plan (PE#C003)
Cannabis Waste Management - Download Here
Additional Information can be found at calrecycle.ca.gov

Consumer Protection Services
For the manufacturing of Edible Cannabis Goods (PE#C001)
Cannabis Operation Food Handling Facility Requirements

Hazardous Materials Services
For the manufacturing of Cannabis and Cannabis Derivatives (PE#C002)
Hazardous Waste Program, Hazardous Materials Business Plan Requirements, Above-ground Storage Tanks, CERS

Environmental Health Review Services
Cannabis related operations and fees - (PE# 2610-2672,2072,2701,2702,2703,2704,2705,2706)
Cannabis Related Operations

Solid Waste Services
Solid Waste Handling Plan (PE#C003)
Cannabis Waste Management - Download Here
Additional Information can be found at calrecycle.ca.gov

Report a COmplaint

To report a health concern regarding Cannabis, please click here