Cannabis retail store permit FAQs
1. Will Strathcona County cap the number of cannabis stores?Permanent link to Will Strathcona County cap the number of cannabis stores?
No. The County will not be capping the number of cannabis retail stores in the area.
2. Is there a setback requirement between cannabis stores?Permanent link to Is there a setback requirement between cannabis stores?
No. Like liquor stores in Strathcona County, there will be no setback requirements between retailers.
3. Are there setback requirements from school sites, future school sites or hospitals?Permanent link to Are there setback requirements from school sites, future school sites or hospitals?
Yes. Cannabis retail stores must be at least 100 metres from the property boundary of these facilities.
Please see our map for information on potential sites for cannabis retail stores.
4. Do I need approval from Strathcona County to setup a cannabis retail store?Permanent link to Do I need approval from Strathcona County to setup a cannabis retail store?
Yes. You will need a Development permit, Building permit (tenant improvements), as well as any applicable Safety Codes permits (electrical, plumbing, gas).
When can I apply to Strathcona County?
Strathcona County is now accepting retail permit applications for cannabis. For more information on what is required to apply, please see submission requirements.
6. How long will it take to obtain my approvals from Strathcona County?Permanent link to How long will it take to obtain my approvals from Strathcona County?
Where an applicant provides all of the required information, a permit can be issued within a couple of weeks. However, where a use is listed as discretionary, the process involves notification to adjacent landowners, which provides 21 days for a potential appeal.
When can I start construction?
Once you have your provincial license, and after you have received the required permits from Strathcona County, you may begin construction on a retail space.
8. What is the provincial licensing process?Permanent link to What is the provincial licensing process?
Please refer to the Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission for information regarding the provincial licensing process.
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Last updated: Monday, October 15, 2018
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