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On April 4, 2017, the Sacramento City Council approved the ordinance setting the regulations for laboratories that will test marijuana products in Sacramento. The ordinance will take effect 30 days after the Council vote and the City will accept applications starting May 4th.  Permits for testing laboratories 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. 

In order to operate a cultivation 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 Conditional Use Permit Application.  A Neighborhood Responsibility Plan is not required for Testing Laboratory applications.

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 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


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


Phone: 916-808-1251