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City of Sacramento to Start Accepting Marijuana Cultivation Applications on April 3

The City of Sacramento will start accepting applications for non-residential marijuana cultivation on April 3rd after the City Council lifted the temporary moratorium on cultivation, and approved the remaining components of its cultivation regulations at the March 7th meeting.

In order to operate a cultivation business in the City of Sacramento, both a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) and a Business Operating Permit (BOP) are required.  An approved CUP, or proof of a submitted CUP application, is a pre-requisite for applying for an operating permit.  Applications are now available for download from our Cultivation page.

The City Council also adopted the operating permit fees, which range from $9,700 for cultivation sites with canopy sizes of 5,000 sq. ft. and below, to $28,910 for up to 22,000 sq. ft. of canopy, which is the maximum allowed by State law. 

The CUP process carries a separate fee and can range from $16,640 to $33,610 depending on the characteristics of the proposed cultivation site and the level of review the project requires.

At the same meeting, the City Council also approved an administrative review process for applicants with prior criminal convictions, particularly for marijuana activities that are now legal, who would otherwise be unfairly barred from applying for a business permit under the existing regulations. 

The Council also approved a sensitive use buffer with a 600 ft. distance requirement from neighborhood and community parks, and an amendment to the cultivation permit term changing it from bi-annual to annual renewals.

For more information on the application process, please contact a member of the City’s Marijuana Policy and Enforcement Team.

City Council to Discuss Remaining Components of Marijuana Cultivation Regulations at March 7 Meeting

The Sacramento City Council will discuss the remaining components of its marijuana cultivation regulations at its March 7 meeting.

These items include the proposed cultivation permit fees, permit term, distance from parks, and criminal history background check for potential cultivators.  It will also vote on an ordinance lifting the temporary moratorium currently in place for all cultivation activities in the city.   All items were originally scheduled for the February 28 City Council meeting.

If the ordinances pass and the proposed fees are adopted, the City expects to begin accepting cultivation applications on April 3.

A stakeholder meeting is also scheduled for March 2, and participants can choose from two sessions: one at 2-4 pm and another one from 6-8 pm at the City Council Chambers. Both sessions will cover the application process for a Conditional Use Permit and a Business Operating Permit.  


The Sacramento City Council approved the Neighborhood Responsibility Plan policy of the regulations for non-residential marijuana cultivation on January 19, bringing the City one step closer to accepting applications and issuing permits to potential cultivators.

Under the current zoning resolutions for non-residential marijuana cultivation, land owners are required to obtain a Conditional Use Permit (CUP). The CUP is the first in a series of steps involved to be able to cultivate in the city.  One of the requirements to obtain a CUP is to submit a Neighborhood Responsibility Plan. The resolution approved by the City Council establishes that CUP applicants are allowed to enter into an agreement with the City to satisfy the Neighborhood Responsibility requirement.

Under the agreement, applicants can either agree to contribute 1% of the gross receipts of their marijuana cultivation business, or agree to pay a fee that will be established by a development impact fee study.  The proceeds collected pursuant to these agreements will be placed into a marijuana cultivation impact mitigation fund that will be used to alleviate any adverse impacts of marijuana in Sacramento neighborhoods. 

The Neighborhood Responsibility Plan policy was one of the issues that the City Council wanted to revisit when it adopted its cultivation ordinance in November 2016.  Other outstanding items up for City Council discussion include the lifting of the temporary moratorium on cultivation, the required buffer zones for parks, and criminal history requirements for interested parties, all of which have been recommended for approval by the City’s Law and Legislation Committee.

The City Council is expected to discuss these items at its February 28 meeting.



Media Contact:  Randi L. Knott 916-808-5771