Anyone interested in applying to open a cannabis retail store in Nelson will need to first apply to the Province. More information and a link to the application portal can be found here.
The Province will forward eligible applications to the City of Nelson. If an application is forwarded to the City, the applicant will be required to pay a $3,000 development permit application fee.
In order to be eligible to apply (in addition to meeting all relevant provincial legislation), applications must comply with the City of Nelson's Zoning Bylaw. City Council will make a recommendation to the Province on whether to approve or deny a cannabis retail licence application. The Province will not issue a licence without a favourable municipal recommendation. City Council will arrive at its recommendation in accordance with Schedule 9 of the Land Development Applications Procedures Bylaw.