Marijuana license applications must receive approval from both the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) under the State rules, and the City of local jurisdiction under local regulations. It is possible for an application to receive approval
from the WSLCB and denial
from the local jurisdiction. An application must receive approval from both entities in order to allow for a business to operate.
The City of Kirkland is limited to an allotment of four retail marijuana licenses from the WSLCB. As of May, 2015, all four licenses have been issued, and additional licenses may not be issued by the State.
If a license is issued by the WSLCB for a location that is denied by the local jurisdiction, that license remains in effect for a year, even though the business may not operate at the location cited in the application.
Notice of Marijuana License Application
The City has been notified by the WSLCB of the following applications and licenses:
Location: 8734 120th Avenue NE
Received notice March 15, 2016 - (Application denied by the City of Kirkland)
License issued by WSCLB on April 27, 2016
Location: 11834 NE 90th Street
Received notice January 14, 2016 - (Pending issuance of City business license)
Location: 13625 NE 126th Place, #400
Received notice November 5, 2015 - (City business license issued November 25, 2015)
Location: 13513 NE 126th Place, Ste C
Received notice February 23, 2015 -
(City business license issued: August 3, 2015)
Location: 12525 Willows Road NE, Ste 60
Received notice February 6, 2015 - (City business license issued February 13, 2015)
Location: 13513 NE 126th Pl Ste B
Received notice April 18, 2014 - (City business licensed issued March 25, 2015)
Type: Producer/Processer Tier 2
Location: 12525 Willows Rd NE
Received notice September 24, 2015
For the City's status of its review of this notice(s), call the City Business License Office at 425-587-3140
-Background: City Council's consideration of zoning regulations
-"Guide to Recreational Marijuana in Kirkland"
-Washington State Liquor Cannabis Board
- Initiative 502
- Interagency Resource for Achieving Cooperation " Regulatory Guidance for Licensed I-502 Cannabis Operations Booklet
-Kirkland Zoning Code (online search)
Planning and Building Department
City Business License
Finance & Administration Department
123 5th Ave.
Kirkland WA, 98033
The City of Kirkland is considering possible changes to the adopted regulations that would allow a reduced buffer from child care centers for retail sales. Recent legislation allows local governments to reduce the 1,000-foot buffer requirements to 100 feet around all restricted entities except elementary and secondary schools and public playgrounds.
The topic was discussed at a combined study session of the Planning Commission and the Houghton Community Council on May 12, 2016. A public hearing on the topic is planned for June 23, 2016.
Questions? Contact Dorian Collins, project planner at firstname.lastname@example.org or (425) 587-3249.
During its 2015 session, the Washington State Legislature passed Senate Bill 5052, the Cannabis Patient Protection Act, which is intended to reconcile Washington State’s unregulated medical and highly-regulated recreational marijuana systems. In April 2015, Governor Jay Inslee signed the Act into law.
The new law, among several changes, regulates medical marijuana through the same structure as established by Initiative 502, which legalized recreational marijuana. The new law no longer limits the number of licensed retail marijuana stores within a jurisdiction. Starting on October 12, 2015, the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) will begin accepting new applications for retail stores.
Read more about the City Council's consideration of zoning regulations for retail marijuana sites.
Land Use Zones in Kirkland that Allow Marijuana Uses
Eligible & Ineligible marijuana Retail Areas Per I-502 and City Regulations Map
(Click on map to enlarge)
Kirkland’s zoning regulations for marijuana retail sites were enacted in March 2015, Read background information on the City's consideration of regulations.
In Kirkland, marijuana retail uses may be located in the following zones provided they meet the buffer zones (listed below) set by Initiative-502, approved by Washington voters in 2012:
- Light Industrial Technology (LIT) zones only where at least 50% of the boundary of the zone is contiguous to commercial zones.
- Totem Lake zones (TL 7 & TL 9).
- Zones where retail uses permitted (except exclusions stated below)
In Kirkland, marijuana retail sites may not be located in:
- Market Street Corridor Zones (MSC 1 & MSC 2)
- Any property abutting a street designated as a School Walk Route
The map shows places in Kirkland where marijuana retailing
(PDF 573k) production, and/or processing could be located, if licensed by the WSLCB. The map shows zones where retailing or production and processing are allowed under the Kirkland Zoning Ordinance
, together with the locations of known schools, parks, day care facilities, transit centers, and the 1,000 foot buffer from uses where state law prohibits sales, production and processing.
State Rules on Marijuana License Applications
I-502 general rules that apply:
Notification to the City of Kirkland of State License Applications
- Licenses will not be issued to home businesses in residential areas
- Licenses will not be issued to properties within 1,000 feet of an elementary or secondary school, playground, recreation facility, child care center, public park, public transit center, library or game arcade
- Limitation on advertising signs
- Licenses will not normally be issued to those with a criminal background
When the State approves sites within Kirkland, the State will notify the City’s Licensing Division. The City will then have 20 days to provide any written objections to the application. The notice will be reviewed by the Police Department and the Planning and Building Department. The City will respond with any concerns it has with respect to a particular application.
All state licenses retailers, producers and processers within Kirkland City limits will be required to obtain a City business license
(in addition to obtaining a state business license).
Page updated: May 19, 2016