City of Santa Rosa Cannabis Program

On December 19, 2017, the City Council unanimously adopted the City’s Comprehensive Cannabis Ordinance. The regulations address the locational and operational requirements for personal cannabis cultivation and commercial cannabis businesses, covering allowances for both medical and adult use. The ordinance goes into effect on January 19, 2018. For more information on the new regulations go to the Comprehensive Cannabis Policy Page.

Dual licensing required:

Commercial cannabis business operators must obtain both local authorization and a state license prior to conducting operations. In addition to land-use approval, through either a zoning clearance or a use permit, applicants are also required to secure a building permit and obtain a certificate of occupancy prior to conducting operations and prior to obtaining an annual state license.



Non-retail applications:

The City is accepting zoning clearance land use applications for non-retail adult use and medical cannabis businesses. See the Commercial Cannabis Applications Support page for assistance.

Retail applications:  

The City's most recent Cannabis Retail Application Period for dispensaries and microbusinesses with retail took place from April 4 to 20, 2018. A total of 38 Cannabis Retail applications were filed during the two-week period in accordance with the City’s Cannabis Retail Use Application Process Guide.  The site address, application status, and planner contact for each application can be accessed here:

Acceptance of New Applications. The Council Policy Subcommittee will continue its discussion regarding the timing and methodology for accepting new applications at its meeting on March 28, 2019, at 9 a.m. in the City Council Chambers. At their February 28, 2019, meeting, the subcommittee directed staff to begin preparations for a new Cannabis Retail Use Application Process Guide and expressed interest in accepting new retail applications on a first-come first-served basis either in late May or early June 2019.

NOTE: Until a specific acceptance date and manner is determined and published, the City is not accepting new retail applications.
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Email Updates

  1. Cannabis Contacts

    1. Planning Inquiries - Permits
      Phone: 707-543-3200

    2. Jennifer Dewitt - Cannabis Tax

      Phone: 707-543-3153
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Cannabis Permitting Activity Update

Tracks number and concentration of new medical cannabis businesses in Santa Rosa, and the impacts to other industries that occupy similar zoning.  CLICK HERE FOR JULY 2018 UPDATE.

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