Golden Advice: Permits Before Greenhouse

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Are you an “under the radar” cannabis farmer who doesn’t see permitting as a high priority for your greenhouse’s construction plan? Here is a golden piece of advice; research into your county’s building rules and regulations before you purchase your greenhouse. First off, this may improve your shopping experience by narrowing down your choices. And second, there is a good chance this small precaution might save you money in the long-run.

Finding the perfect greenhouse can be a long process, especially if you are looking into light deprivation systems. One thing that can help you simplify this process is calling your county’s planning department to ask about local building regulations. Depending on a handful of different variables, this step can help guide you towards the right purchase. . For example, on the forum, a farmer named Blaze explained his experience with a permitting issue that forced him to reconsider his original greenhouse choice.

“My first choice was the Conelys 3Gen greenhouse, they are by far the most top of the line out there at the moment, but thanks to a curve ball the county building department threw at us in regards to the site prep, that greenhouse looks like it is no longer viable. Due to an absurdly massive and expensive retaining wall they wanted to see for the spot that would costs as much as the greenhouse itself, we simply don’t have the width and budget needed for it. We never imagined something simple like that could cause so many headaches.” -Blaze

What happens if you “accidentally” forget to secure your building permits prior to construction?  Well, if you get caught you might be fined as low as $5 a day or end up in jail. According to Mendocino County building codes, construction without permits and inspections can result in a minimum fine of $25 a day to a maximum $500 a day until the violation has been settled. This Humboldt County grower has been sued by the Humboldt County District Attorney for her alleged failure to seek environmental and building permits. They are seeking a $2,500 penalty for each violation, which adds up to quite a bit considering it looks like there was close to 30 of them.

Other surrounding counties have similar regulations with the worst punishment being jail time and structure confiscation. Thankfully these penalties can be easily avoided with a little bit of effort and research. If you are about to invest tens of thousands of dollars in a new greenhouse, I suggest you try to make it as legal as possible to prevent the chance of heavy fines. Information about building permits for your county can be found with a quick internet search. The best method would be to call your local planning department.

Is this a topic you have experience with? Did your greenhouse supplier guide you through the permitting process before you made your purchase? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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