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On April 4, 2017, the Sacramento City Council approved Ordinance 2017-0031 setting the regulations for nonvolatile cannabis manufacturers in Sacramento and began applications on May 4th.

Non-volatile manufacturing, as defined in the City of Sacramento Code is "the production, preparation, propagation and compounding of cannabis and cannabis products, without the use of a volatile solvent. Nonvolatile cannabis manufacturing includes and is not limited to the extraction of a substance from a cannabis plant with nonvolatile solvents, the infusion of mixture of cannabis into another substance, the preparation of an edible item that includes cannabis, and the packaging and labeling of cannabis or cannabis products. Nonvolatile cannabis manufacturing does not include cannabis cultivation."

Volatile solvents, as defined in the State Health and Safety Code are "volatile organic compounds, including: (1) explosive gases, such as Butane, Propane, Xylene, Styrene, Gasoline, Kerosene, 02 or H2; and (2) dangerous poisons, toxins, or carcinogens, such as Methanol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Methylene Chloride, Acetone, Benzene, Toluene, and Trichloroethylene.”

Permits for cannabis manufacturing will be issued on a case by case basis in the following zones:

  • General Commercial (C2)
  • Heavy Commercial (C4)
  • Light Industrial (M-1, M-1S)
  • Heavy Industrial (M-2, M-2S)
  • Manufacturing Industrial Park (MIP)
  • Manufacturing Research Development (MRD)

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

Per State law, cannabis businesses require a 600-ft radius buffer zone from schools. The Sacramento City Code requires a 600-ft buffer from neighborhood and community parks. Applications with proposed sites that are within the 600-ft of neighborhood and community parks will be reviewed by the Planning and Design Commission.

In order to operate a nonvolatile manufacturing business in Sacramento, you need both a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) from the Planning Division; and a Business Operating Permit (BOP) from the Office of Cannabis Policy and Enforcement.  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 all Nonvolatile Cannabis Manufacturing applications.

Applications must be submitted in person at the Planning Division, 300 Richards Blvd. 3rd Floor, Sacramento, CA 95811 between the hours of 9 am 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 (the file number starts with a Z or a P). 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 and submit it in person at the Revenue Division, 915 I Street Rm 1201, Sacramento, CA 95814. If you are using the portal for the first time, please 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. Fingerprinting is done strictly by appointment only

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


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 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 (

Pursuant to SMAQMD Rules, any manufacturing process that utilizes odor control technology requires an authority to construct and a permit to operate from the SMAQMD (916-874-4800).


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:

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


Phone: 916-808-8925; (916)-808-4773



Phone: 311


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


Phone: 916-808-1251