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Cultivation of CANNABIS

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 cannabis, 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 cannabis. 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 cannabis 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

To check if your property is within these zones, enter the address in the Zoning & Property Details.

HOW TO APPLY

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 Office of Cannabis Policy and Enforcement (BOP). A CUP, or proof of application for a CUP, is required for applying for a BOP.

Step 1: Apply for a Conditional Use Permit

Download the Conditional Use Permit Application. A Neighborhood Responsibility Plan (NRP) Agreement is required for a cultivation CUP application.

Applications must be submitted in person at the Planning Division, 300 Richards Blvd. 3rd Floor, Sacramento, CA 95811 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. (The office is open until 4 p.m. but applications are not accepted after 3 p.m.)

Step 2: Apply for a Business Operating Permit

Once you have submitted a complete application for a Conditional Use Permit, you will receive an application file number. Once you have this number, you can submit an application for a Business Operating Permit.

You can apply for a Business Operating Permit online or download the Business Operating Permit Application Packet and submit it in person at the Revenue Division, 915 I Street Rm 1201, Sacramento, CA 95814. Before submitting an application online, read this easy to follow Citizen Portal User Guide.

Please note that all applicants (including all management and staff) are required to go through a background check and get a Live Scan fingerprint in person at the Revenue Division.

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

FINGERPRINTING REQUIREMENTS

Effective July 1, 2017, LiveScan fingerprinting as part of the background check requirements will be done strictly by appointment only. Please note that fingerprinting is not required at the time of submission of your BOP, but is part of the review and approval process. Therefore, it can be done anytime between the submission of your BOP and after you receive a decision on your Conditional Use Permit (CUP) application. In addition, if you have previously been fingerprinted and have been cleared by the Department of Justice for another cannabis business in the City of Sacramento, you don’t need to be fingerprinted again as part of your new application.

To schedule an appointment, please call the Permits staff at 916-808-5852. LiveScan costs $88/person and is due at the time of your appointment.

Please make sure to also check any potential County requirements such as:

Any engines utilized to meet power needs, including those used only on an emergency basis, must be registered or permitted with the SMAQMD (916-874-4800) and must comply with the Airborne Toxic Control Measures promulgated by the California Air Resources Board and codified in the California Code of Regulations (https://www.arb.ca.gov/toxics/atcm/atcm.htm). A cannabis cultivation permittee shall prevent all odors generated from the cultivation and storage of cannabis from escaping from the buildings on the cultivation site, such that the odor cannot be detected by a reasonable person of normal sensitivity outside the buildings.

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Growers of medical cannabis intending to use pesticides (including herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides, fungicides, etc.) should contact the Sacramento County Agricultural Commission prior to their use, in compliance with requirements of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. The commission’s contact information are as follows: Phone: 916-875-6603; Email: AGCOMM@saccounty.net

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Existing State statute requires any business in Sacramento County that handles or generates certain quantities of hazardous waste to register with and obtain a permit from the Sacramento County Environmental Department. More information can be found at: http://www.emd.saccounty.net/EC/HM/Pages/default.aspx

Questions?

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

OFFICE OF CANNABIS POLICY AND ENFORCEMENT

Phone: 916-808-8925
Email: ZCruz@cityofsacramento.org

PLANNING DIVISION

Phone: 311
Email Planning@cityofsacramento.org or you may come to The Planning Division's public counter at 300 Richards Blvd.

REVENUE DIVISION

Phone: 916-808-1251
Email: RKawasaki@cityofsacramento.org