City of Santa Rosa Cannabis Program

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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.

Non-retail applications: The City is accepting land use applications for non-retail cannabis businesses.  Applications for adult use and/or volatile manufacturing (Type 7) will be accepted on or after January 19, 2018.

Retail (dispensary) applications: Application intake for Cannabis Retail (dispensary) and Delivery uses (Type 10) or Microbusinesses with Retail (Type 12) uses began in January 2018 with a Pre-Application Phase in which applicants may file for a pre-application neighborhood meeting, staff consultation, and/or concept design review.  Moving into the next phase, the City will accept land use applications for cannabis retail April 9 through April 20, 2018.  See the Commercial Cannabis Application Support Page for the Cannabis Retail Use Application Process Guide and for application tools.  

Fees paid in cash:  Cash payments in-excess of $3,000 will not be accepted at Planning & Economic Development.  If a payment in-excess of $3,000 is anticipated; the application will still be submitted at 100 Santa Rosa Avenue, Room 3; but arrangements must be made to make the cash payment at Finance at 90 Santa Rosa Avenue after the application is submitted. For directions go to the Cannabis Permit Payment Procedure

In 2018, the City will focus on the implementation stage of the City’s Cannabis Program.  The City is in the process of developing the staff and program support tools needed to ensure that the Program is effective in its permitting, outreach and education, monitoring, taxation and enforcement. 

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