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Update on City of Novato Cannabis Regulations

Post Date:10/08/2018 9:31 AM

At its meeting of October 2, 2018, the Novato City Council adopted regulations for the personal cultivation of cannabis within City limits.  The Council authorized indoor cultivation of up to six (6) plants per residential property, regardless of the number of occupants.  Indoor cultivation is allowed both within a residence and also within a “Fully Enclosed and Secure Accessory Structure,”  which is a detached accessory building that has a roof, a foundation, solid walls which are not transparent or breakable.  These might include an accessory art studio, office or pool cabana, but not a greenhouse.   There will be a second reading of the ordinance at the City Council meeting of Tuesday, October 9, on the Consent Calendar.

The ordinance approved by the City Council contains several restrictions including:

  • Plants cannot be visible from the street or adjoining properties at ground level;

  • The cultivation area may not be accessible by minors;

  • Any building modifications, including electrical or structural changes, must have approved building permits;

  • Grow lights cannot exceed 1,200 watts per fixture;

  • A ventilation and filtration system is required for odor control;

  • The use of generators is prohibited;

  • Renters must obtain written authorization from the property owner(s) to cultivate.  

Note: The City Council did not authorize outdoor cultivation (either open air—such as a yard or garden, or within non-secure and enclosed accessory structures such as greenhouses or hoop structures) within City limits for personal use.

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