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DELIVERY (non-storefront dispensaries / delivery-only dispensaries )

The City Council approved delivery of both medical and adult use cannabis in Sacramento at its November 28, 2017 Council meeting (click here for PowerPoint presentation).  Per State law, delivery is a function of a dispensary and can only be done by a dispensary, and not by a third-party delivery or courier service.  Delivery drivers must also be employees of a dispensary.  Cannabis delivery may be approved on a case-by-case basis for permitted dispensaries or by new non-storefront, delivery-only dispensaries in the following zones:

  • General Commercial (C2)
  • Heavy Commercial (C4)
  • Light Industrial (M1 and M1S)
  • Heavy Industrial (M2 and M2S)

Sites must be at least 600 ft. from schools (K-12), and neighborhood and community parks.  Sites that are less then 600 ft. from a neighborhood or community park will require a CUP approval from the Planning and Design Commission instead of the Zoning Administrator.  Delivery businesses may co-locate within a building. 

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.


Non-storefront dispensaries may apply for permits according to their gross receipts, namely: a) Over $500,000 and b) Less than $500,000 in gross receipts. 


Applicants who submit complete Conditional Use Permit (CUP) and Business Operating Permit (BOP) applications are automatically added to the City's registry for delivery services.  The registry will close on February 28, 2018.


In order to operate a delivery business in Sacramento you need both a Conditional Use Permit for a brick-and-mortar location from the Planning Division (CUP); and a dispensary 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 a delivery CUP application.

Permitted dispensaries who wish to add delivery must submit a CUP minor modification.

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 by downloading the Dispensaries Business Operating Permit Application and submitting it in person with the associated fees at Revenue Division, 915 I Street Rm 1201, Sacramento, CA 95814.  Permitted dispensaries who wish to add Delivery to their service must also modify their Business Operating Permit. 

Please note that applicants (owners, managers and individuals with 20% interest in the business) and all delivery drivers are required to go through a background check and get a Live Scan fingerprint in person at the Revenue Division.


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 is due at the time of your appointment.