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On April 4, 2017, the Sacramento City Council approved the ordinance setting the regulations for laboratories that will test cannabis products in Sacramento and began accepting application on May 4, 2017. 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)

View these maps to see where these zones are located in the city.  To check if your property is within these zones, enter the address in the Zoning & Property Details.

In order to operate a testing laboratory 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  (Please note that a Conditional Use Permit will no longer be required by December 28, 2017).

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. 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 for potential County requirements such as:

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