Processor License

Processor License 


Great news! On September 24, 2019 the Nevada County Board of Supervisors adopted an urgency ordinance allowing for the issuance of a processor license. The Nevada County Cannabis Alliance had been actively working in collaboration with the County to ensure the availability for off-site processing for additional options to trim, dry or package cannabis. 


What is the Processor License? 

The Processor license provides cannabis farms a pathway to cure, dry and package their finished product at an off-site location. Currently, many farmers are limited by commercial building requirements which can be financially burdensome. The passing of this ordinance is a huge step towards a sustainable and cooperative cannabis future in Nevada County. 

Specifically, the ordinance adopted updates current local policy to include the below definitions: 

“Processing – any method used to prepare cannabis for commercial sale, including but not limited to: drying, cleaning, curing, grading, trimming, and packaging of cannabis and non manufactured cannabis products.”

“Off Site Processing: The processing of permitted and licensed cannabis product grown offsite may occur at a local and State licensed and permitted cultivation premises subject to all limitations and requirements contained within the provisions of this Section, including but not limited to: noise standards, odor controls, sanitation requirements, accessory structure requirements, support area size limitations, setbacks, and parcel sizes, etc.


What are the local requirements with this new policy? 

  • Offsite processing facilities shall meet commercial occupancy requirements and be specifically described in commercial cannabis cultivation permit applications including the number of employees and the areas for off-site processing shall be delineated on the site plan.
  • Traffic associated with offsite processing activities shall be limited to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. No more than 6 vehicle trips (round trips) shall be allowed for off-site processing activities per day.

Additional Resources 

Nevada County Cannabis Ordinance (CLICK HERE) *at the time of this post on 9/30/19, the online county code had not been updated with the newly adopted language.

CDFA CalCannabis Cultivation Regulations (CLICK HERE) 

The Union, Nevada County Supervisors Tweak Off-Site Processing Rules, September 25, 2019 (CLICK HERE)