Water Permits for Cannabis Cultivation

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CLEAN WATER STORAGE FOR CANNABIS CULTIVATION PERMITS

Permits are required from the local County Building Inspection Division for water storage with 5,000-gallons and more.

We can help with permitting with our engineering packages and wet-stamped cover letters that can be made by the project.

We offer water storage for fire protection with firefighting adapter options and can help with the approval process.

READY FOR PERMITTING

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Water storage tanks need a permit in California when it has a capacity of 5,000-gallons or more. Local County Planning and Building Departments handle the permit application and inspection process, with the option of including other agencies (Public Works, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, etc) for comment.


Pioneer Water Tanks are approved for use in California for drinking potable water storage, irrigation, fire protection and more. If your property needs water capacity because your current needs aren’t sufficient, our systems can comply with the permitting process and can include engineering packages by the project.


Water storage for fire protection requirements is based on the local fire authority. The majority of fire departments in California are associated with a fire protection district who manage inspections, permits, enforcement directed by the local County Fire Chief. The water storage needs are inspected and required by the County fire and building codes, fire sprinkler requirements, fire flow standards, and estimated property needs.

Cannabis cultivators are encouraged to use appropriate rainwater catchment systems to collect from impermeable surfaces (e.g., rooftops, etc.) during the wet season and store stormwater in tanks, bladders, or off-stream engineered reservoirs to reduce the need for surface water or groundwater diversions.

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Rainwater catchment systems collect run-off from rooftops which is then stored for later use. Since collecting rainwater in this way does not require additional state permitting, it is a cost-effective solution to meeting some of your water needs. It is also encouraged by the California Regional Water Quality Control Board as well as most local authorities in charge of cultivation permitting.

 

> See Humboldt County Encouraging Rainwater Harvesting as a Water Source

WE CAN HELP WITH WATER STORAGE PERMITS AND REQUIREMENTS

Under Art IV, section 19320 of AB 266, “no person shall engage in commercial cannabis activity without possessing both a state license and a local permit, license, or other authorization…”
Law link

This chart was created to show the process of cultivation permitting for Humboldt County, with Green Road Consulting and Mother Earth Engineering. The pathway to proper permitting is authorized by the county where the property is located and could have changes be made at any time.

The permitting process for cultivation was developed to ensure that the individual and cumulative effects don’t have a negative impact on the environment. There are five types of permits: cultivation, processing, manufacturing, distribution, and nursery. The type of permit that you have, along with the parcel of land will decide the type of water permitting is needed or not.

 

Three main steps to legalize your farm:

 

 Register your farm.

The following state agencies issue licenses:

Department of Food and Agriculture: Cultivation.

(https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/is/mccp/)

Department of Public Health: Manufacturing.

(www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/Pages/OMCS.aspx)

Department of Consumer Affairs: Distribution, Testing, and Retail.

(http://bcc.ca.gov/)

 Apply for a permit locally based on local requirements and the type.

 

For outdoor and mixed-light cultivation area permits, documented current water right or other non-diversionary sources of irrigation water (i.e. municipal, public utility or permitted well) must be included for a permit.

 

 Meet all Performance Standards

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Movement of earthen materials in, or alteration of, the bed and/or banks of a watercourse.

Applicable Permits for Activity:

  • 1602 lake and streambed alteration agreement (LSA) (link)
    • California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW)
  • 401 certification North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (NCRWQCB) (link)
    • 404 certification US Army Corps of Engineers

Clearing, grading and/or conversion of land

Applicable Permits for Activity:

    • 3-acre conversion (link)
      • CAL-FIRE
    • Construction Stormwater General Permit (link)
      • NCRWQCB
    • Grading Permit

Structural development

Applicable Permits for Activity:

  • Building Permits
    • County-based building permits

Water diversion from hydrologically connected waters of the state and/ or storage

Applicable Permits for Activity:

    • 1602 LSA (CDFW) (link)
      • California Department of Fish and Wildlife
    • Statement of Use (SWRCB) (link)
      • California Department of Fish and Wildlife
    • Appropriative Water Right (SWRCB)  (link)
      • State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) Division of Water Rights
    • Building permit if the storage tank is over 5,000 gallons
      • Permitted by the County, We help with permits

Waste Discharges resulting from Cannabis Cultivation or operations with similar environmental effects

Applicable Permits for Activity:

      • General Wavier (link)
        • NCRWQCB, The North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board

Human Waste Facilities, including outhouses and composting toilets

Applicable Permits for Activity:

      • Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) (link)
        • SWRCB
        • Counties’ Environmental Health Departments

CHOOSE YOUR CAPACITY SIZE

READY FOR INSTALLATION
Tank LinkCapacityPriceDiameterWall Height
XLE 08/029,907-Gallons$7,999.0015′ 5″7′ 2″
XLE 13/0216,392-Gallons$10,699.0019′ 9″”7′ 2″
XLE 15/0220,243-Gallons$11,699.0022′ 0″7′ 2″
XLE 23/0229,093-Gallons$14,699.0026′ 4″7′ 2″
XLE 30/0239,626-Gallons$17,999.0030′ 9″7′ 2″
XLE 40/0251,785-Gallons$22,349.0035′ 2″7′ 2″
XLE 50/0265,567-Gallons$25,299.0039′ 6″7′ 2″
XLE 50/0397,148-Gallons$32,399.0039′ 6″10′ 7″

READY FOR DELIVERY AND INSTALL