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:

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. 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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