Cannabis Cultivation Without a Permit and Building Violations in Mendocino County
Press release from the Mendocino Code Enforcement Division:
The Code Enforcement Division received a complaint about cultivation of cannabis without permits at a residential location in the 4100 Block of Fisher Lake Drive, Redwood Valley. Subsequent investigation confirmed that cannabis was being cultivated without a permit in violation of Mendocino County Code Chapter 10A.17. , and a structure had been constructed with a building permit.
The property owner was located and issued an administrative citation for the non-permitted cannabis and a notice of violation for the non-permitted structure. The property owner submitted an application for an after-the-fact building permit for the structure but did not remove the non-permitted cannabis. Fines related to the administrative citation for the non-permitted cannabis continued to accumulate daily.
On 10/11/17 Code Enforcement issued an Order to Abate the non-permitted Cannabis within 5 days pursuant to Mendocino County Chapter 8.76 and set a hearing as required by this Chapter for 10/18/18. If the Order to Abate is upheld at hearing, the property owner would be responsible for paying for the costs of abatement.
On 10/17/18 Code Enforcement Inspected the property after the property owner/cultivator advised that all Cannabis had been removed from the property. During the inspection, Code Enforcement found that the 27 non-permitted Cannabis Plants totaling approximately 750 square feet of canopy had been removed from the property. The property owner was then issued a notice of penalty due for the administrative citation fines for $2900.00.