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Cultivation of marijuana

On February 2, 2016, the Sacramento City Council adopted Section 17.228.127 of the Sacramento City Code allowing certain non-residential properties to be used for the commercial cultivation of marijuana, with a Conditional Use Permit (CUP).  Cultivation, as defined in Title 8 of City of Sacramento City Code means to plant, grow, harvest, dry, cure, grade or trim marijuana.  Cultivation must be indoors, within a fully enclosed building and must not be visible from the public right-of-way.  

On November 22, 2016, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 2016-0051 which provided specific regulations for marijuana cultivation businesses.  Under the ordinance,  cultivation permits may be issued for three different cultivation permit types, namely:

  • Class A for indoor cultivation of no more than 5,000 sq. ft. of total canopy size
  • Class B for indoor cultivation of no more than 10,000 sq. ft. of total canopy size
  • Class C for indoor cultivation sites up to 22,000 sq. ft. of total canopy size

Cultivation will be allowed on a case by case basis in the following zones:

  • Agricultural (A)

  • General Commercial (C2)

  • Heavy Commercial (C4)

  • Light Industrial (M-1 and M-1S)

  • Heavy Industrial (M-2 and M-2S)



In order to operate a cultivation business in Sacramento, you need both a Conditional Use Permit from the Planning Division (CUP); and a Business Operating Permit from the Revenue Division (BOP).  A CUP, or proof of application for a CUP, is required for applying for a BOP.  Applications will not be accepted until April 3, 2017.  

Download Conditional Use Permit Application

Download Business Operating Permit Application Packet

Please note that the Neighborhood Responsibility Plan (NRP) Agreement has been added to the CUP permit application.  


Conditional Use Permit applications must be submitted in person at the Planning Division at 300 Richards Blvd. 300 Floor, Sacramento, CA 95811.  You can request an appointment for a submittal by sending an email to  Please make sure to provide the following information:

1. Applicant's Name

2. Applicant's email

3. Applicant's phone number

4. Address of cultivation site

5. Assessor's Parcel Number

6. Additional Information (if useful, not required)

You will receive a response with the appointment date and times within three (3) business days.

Business Operating Permit applications may either be submitted in person at the Revenue Division at 915 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, or online at (Please note that the online application portal will not be active until April 3, 2017).  If you submit your application online, you must still come to the Revenue Division for your criminal history background check, which requires Live Scan fingerprinting.

The Conditional Use Permit and Business Operating Permit applications will be processed concurrently.

For questions and additional information on the application process, please contact: 


Phone: 311


or you may come to Planning's public counter at 300 Richards Blvd.


Phone: 916-808-1251 



Phone: 916-808-8925