In Bylaw 1285, cannabis production facilities are currently permitted on land within the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) and within the Industrial 2 Zone. The amendments to Bylaw 1285 now include Cannabis Production Facilities as a permitted use on land zoned Industrial 1 and Industrial 3.
in an open field;
in a structure that has a soil base;
in a structure that was either fully constructed or under construction, with required permits in place, prior to July 13, 2018; or
in an existing licensed operation.
Cannabis production must be in compliance with all federal and provincial regulations including, but not limited to the Agricultural Land Commission Act and the Cannabis Act. Any inquiries regarding cannabis production in the ALR or the recent provincial regulatory changes should be directed to the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC). Contact information for the ALC and Health Canada can be found at the bottom of this page.
If a license is granted by Health Canada for the production of cannabis, the issuance of RDN building permits will be required in relation to new structures or for the renovation of existing structures. The issuance of building permits cannot legally require public process and building permit issuance cannot legally require information to address any potential aquifer impacts. Discharge of waste from farm operations is regulated by the Province through the Agricultural Waste Control Regulation under the Environmental Management Act. Residents can direct questions and comments to Health Canada through the contact information provided below.
Office of Controlled Substances
Provincial Agricultural Land Commission
Ministry of Agriculture
General Enquiries Line
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Vancouver Island District Office
Ministry of Environment
Vancouver Island Regional Office