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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

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


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.


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


Phone: 916-808-8925


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


Phone: 916-808-1251