City of Santa Rosa Cannabis Program

***ATTENTION Retail Cannabis Applicants***

The City of Santa Rosa has opened access to its online queue to set up an appointment to apply for a Cannabis Retail land use permit. Applicants can use the link below to set up an appointment. Once the queue is accessed, applicants will need the following to make an appointment:

  • Full name
  • Phone number
  • Email
  • Proposed cannabis retail site address

NOTE: There is a maximum of one appointment per day per email address.  

You can access the queue by going to this URL:

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:

Acceptance of New Applications. On April 4, 2019, the Council Policy Subcommittee voted to update the Conditional Use Permit process for all new Retail Cannabis applications.

On June 3, 2019, the City began accepting Conditional Use Permit applications for new Cannabis Retail on a first come, first served, first complete basis. During these first two weeks of application intake (June 3, 2019 thru June 14, 2019), the City will require that each application to be filed be submitted by individual appointments.

To book an appointment to inquire about a land-use permit for retail cannabis, you will need to go through an online queue. In order to ensure that process goes smoothly, please have the following information ready:

  • Full Name
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Cannabis retail location (or site) address
NOTE: There is a maximum of one appointment per day per email address.

Once you have your information ready, you can start the the online queue by going here.

Following this initial period applications may be submitted without an appointment; walk-ins will be welcome. The purpose of a defined initial intake process is to ensure order, security and fairness to what is expected to be an initial rush of retail applications potentially competing for land use rights within the same concentration area.

With this change, the Cannabis Retail Use Application Process Guide has been updated as well.

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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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