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NONVOLATILE CANNABIS MANUFACTURING

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.

Nonvolatile manufacturing includes the use ethanol and C02 in the extraction and extraction process.  The use of volatile solvents in manufacturing is not allowed in the City of Sacramento.  Volatile solvents are defined in the State Health and Safety Code as "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)

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.

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 (does not apply to small manufacturers). 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.

TIERED MANUFACTURING

On November 28, 2017, the City Council approved Tiered Manufacturing  (click here for PowerPoint presentation).  Under the tiered manufacturing permit structure, applicants may apply for permits for:

1) Specific type of manufacturing activity (Type N for production and infusion) and Type P (for packaging and labeling)

  • Type 1 - All aspects of manufacturing 
  • Type N  - Infusion, production of edibles (may also perform Type P activities)
  • Type P - Packaging and Labeling

2) According to their gross receipts. 

  • Class A - Up to  $100,000 
  • Class B - Up to $1,000,000
  • Class C - Up to $3,000,000
  • Class D - Over $3,000,000

Please see application for specific requirements and for more information.

HOW TO APPLY:

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, except for small manufacturers (<$100,000 in gross receipts).

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 Manufacturing 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 GuideTo make an appointment to make a payment, please send an email to marijuanapaymentcalendar@cityofsacramento.org

Step 3:  Apply for Building Permits and Obtain Certificate of Occupancy

Step 3 may take place after obtaining a CUP and before applying for a BOP.  Download the Cannabis Related Occupancies - Commercial Building Permit Application Submittal Requirements for more information.

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

FINGERPRINTING REQUIREMENTS

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 (https://www.arb.ca.gov/toxics/atcm/atcm.htm).

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).

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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: http://www.emd.saccounty.net/EC/HM/Pages/default.aspx

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

 

OFFICE OF CANNABIS POLICY AND ENFORCEMENT

Phone: 916-808-8955

Email:  cannabis@cityofsacramento.org

PLANNING DIVISION:

Phone: 311

Email: Planning@cityofsacramento.org; or you may come to Planning's public counter at 300 Richards Blvd.

REVENUE DIVISION

Phone: 916-808-1251

Email: RKawasaki@cityofsacramento.org