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Marijuana Zoning Restrictions

We have zoning restrictions for growing, processing, selling, and delivery of marijuana products.
A proposal to limit the amount of growing, processing, selling, and delivery of marijuana and related products in Seattle.

What’s Happening Now?

The City Council has approved our proposed marijuana regulatory changes. The ordinance was signed by the Mayor, and became effective, on January 12, 2016.

The City of Seattle has approved a bill with amendments to the Mayor’s marijuana zoning proposal. Ordinance 124969 was signed by Mayor Edward Murray on January 12, 2016, and is now in effect. Highlights of the approved ordinance are:

  • Sets a 500-foot minimum distance between state-licensed marijuana premises that include retail sale of marijuana products and child care centers, game arcades, libraries, public parks, public transit centers, or recreation centers or facilities, with these exceptions:
    • A 250-foot minimum distance separating the uses listed above in Downtown Mixed Commercial and Downtown Mixed Residential zones north of Yesler Way
    • A 250-foot minimum distance separating the uses listed above for state-licensed marijuana premises that do not include retail sale of marijuana products
  • Maintains a 1,000-foot minimum distance between state-licensed marijuana premises and properties containing elementary schools, secondary schools, or playgrounds
  • Allows no more than two state-licensed marijuana premises that include retail sale of marijuana products to be located with 1,000 feet of each other (measured by property lines)

Note: Whether your major marijuana activity complies with our locational requirements will be based on the facts as of the date the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board issues a “Notice of Marijuana Application” to the City of Seattle.

Next Steps
Seattle DCI will be developing informational material, including a map illustrating what this ordinance means for buffer distances, distance between stores, and other factors. We anticipate this map will be available by late Spring 2016.

Project Benefits

Our proposal will help to ensure that licensed marijuana-related uses will be appropriately located in places where they are compatible with their surroundings, and operating in ways consistent with City and State rules.

The End Result

City Council adopted our proposed marijuana regulatory changes. They went into effect on January 12, 2016.

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