Santa Rosa Cannabis Regulation and Permitting

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, including covering allowances for medical and adult use.

Within City limits, cannabis retailers can operate within specified zones and under specified rules and buffers from schools and other cannabis retail locations. Commercial cannabis business operators are required to be dual licensed, receiving 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. See the Commercial Cannabis Applications Support page for assistance.

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