Cannabis Application Process

The CSRD's Role in Cannabis-Related Applications

The CSRD's process for dealing with Cannabis-Related Businesses differs depending if you are looking for a retail license to sell cannabis products or a production license to grow cannabis. Each of the buttons below will outline the steps that will need to be taken, depending on whether your application is for a retail sales operation or a production facility.

Anyone interested in developing a Cannabis-Related Business is encouraged to contact the CSRD before making any final site selection decisions, as applications are considered on a site-by-site basis. A pre-application meeting can be scheduled anytime by contacting planning staff or 250-832-8194.

  1. Retail Sales Application Process

Step 1: Once the CSRD receives a Cannabis Retail Referral from the LCRB, staff will conduct a preliminary review of the referral with the Electoral Director of the area in which the proposal is located to determine which type of public consultation is required (public survey or public meeting).

Step 2: The applicant will be contacted by staff and instructed to submit a Cannabis Retail Application Form to the CSRD.

Step 3: An application must be made to the CSRD on a form as prescribed by the Manager of Development Services and shall include:

  • Name, address, and signature of owner(s) or agent acting on the owner's behalf;
  • Applicable fee, as set out in CSRD Development Services Application Fees Bylaw Number 4000, as amended from time to time;
  • Current Certificate of Title dated within thirty (30) days of the date of application for all affected properties;
  • The legal description and street address of the property(s);
  • Plans and details of the proposal, including a site plan, floor plan, signage details, number of parking stalls, and hours of operation;
  • A community impact statement that outlines the retail cannabis store's potential positive impacts on the community, potential negative impacts on the community, and measures taken to address the store's potential negative impacts;
  • A map showing day cares, health care facilities, etc. (complete list from 1.c. in Policy A-71) within 500 m of the subject property;
  • A copy of the completed LCRB application form and any supporting documents submitted with the form; and,
  • Any other information requested by the Manager of Development Services or his or her designate.

Step 4: Application process:

  • Upon receipt of a completed retail cannabis sales application, staff will open a file and issue a fee receipt to the applicant;
  • Staff will conduct an evaluation of the proposal for compliance with relevant CSRD bylaws;
  • If it is determined during staff's review of the application that the proposal does not conform to relevant CSRD bylaws, the applicant will be notified in writing. Staff will discuss with the applicant if the non-conformity(s) can be considered through the application, review, and approval of a land use amendment, issuance of a temporary use permit, development variance, or development permit. In situations where the proposal does not conform with Policy A-71, staff will advise the applicant to make a written request to the Board to consider modifying the criteria of the Policy to support the proposal. The request will need to provide the rational for why a variance of the Policy is justified;
  • A referral information package will be compiled by staff for review by the local Electoral Area Director, CSRD Operations Department, local RCMP, adjacent property owners and tenants (of all parcels within 100m of the proposed retail facility). The referral package will include a copy of the application as outlined in Section 3 of this Procedure, and other relevant information obtained in the application. The referral response period will be thirty (30) days;

The CSRD will gather the views of residents that may be impacted by the proposal as follows:

  • Public Survey (primary method of gathering feedback): A survey will be made available for any individual who believes their interests will be affected by the proposed cannabis retail store. The survey will be accessible for thirty (30) days;
  • Public Survey and Public Meeting (only to be conducted if staff are directed to do so by the Electoral Director of the area in which the proposal is located): Staff will arrange a meeting to present information about the proposed cannabis retail store and to gather community feedback. Community feedback at the public meeting will be in the form of verbal presentations or submission of written comments. The applicant will be invited to the meeting and expected to attend to present relevant information and to answer questions.

Following the referral and public consultation period, staff will prepare a report to be considered by the Board. The report will include:

  • A description of the proposal and how it corresponds with relevant CSRD bylaws and policies;
  • A copy of all input received on the application;
  • A summary of key issues and concerns with a brief analysis of each; and,
  • Information about how the applicant has chosen to address (or not) the concerns.
  • Preference will be provided for proposals that:
  • Conform with relevant CSRD bylaws and policies; including Official Community Plan zoning; Cannabis Related Businesses Policy A-71;
  • Demonstrate that community concerns have been adequately addressed.

Step 5: Public Notification Requirements:

  • Staff will make all arrangements for public notification
  • Notice of the public survey will be advertised at least once in the print edition of a local newspaper not less than three and not more than ten days before the survey is posted;
  • Notice of public meeting will be advertised at least once in the print edition of a local newspaper not less than three and not more than ten days before the public meeting; and,
  • Notice of both the public survey and public meeting will be made available on the CSRD's website and social media platforms.

Step 6: The Board may decide to support the application, not support the application, or request that the applicant provide additional information prior to determining whether it will receive support.

Step 7: Once the Board minutes have been prepared, the applicant and the appropriate approval authority will be notified in writing of the outcome.

  1. Commercial Production Application Process