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Cannabis Information

Cannabis Information

Application Process: Paused, pending further City Council Review

Overview

For all inquiries, email Cannabis@chicoca.gov or call (530) 896-7202.

All commercial cannabis uses are presently unlawful in Chico and are not allowed unless you’ve obtained a permit from the State of California and the City of Chico. The ordinances will take effect October 16, 2020.

The City has prepared the applications for retail and non-retail commercial cannabis.  On November 3, 2020, the City Council approved establishing applicable fees for these applications.

The following is for general information only.  See text of proposed ordinances and resolution for full understanding of what is being proposed and additional requirements.  Each Commercial Cannabis use has specific conditions and requirements, including limitations on where such uses can be located. 

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Commercial Cannabis Applications

To apply for a Commercial Cannabis permit, please see the following.

On 12/8/2020, the City Council took action to reconsider the Commercial Cannabis program fees.  As such, there is the possibility of changes in fees and could result in a change in the program.  We are therefore pausing the application process to ensure applicants do not incur expenses should any proposed change negatively impact applicants.  We will re-adjust the 45 day period after more clarity is provided by the City Council, and we will continue to post the application process to allow potential applicants to continue working towards a submittal, should they choose to con

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California Licensing and Regulation

Following the passage of Proposition 64, the State of California established an extensive body of regulations for commercial cannabis activity in the state.

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Adoption Process

Do not open a Commercial Cannabis business until you have the proper permits issued by the State of California and the City of Chico. 

Currently, the Chico City Council acted to approve Commercial Cannabis Businesses within the City of Chico.  The appropriate ordinances and resolutions include Ordinance - Commercial Cannabis Businesses, Ordinance - Cannabis Zoning, Resolution - Cannabis Businesses.  The City Council’s action takes effect October 16, 2020. 

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Types of Businesses

  • Types of Businesses ALLOWED: The following Commercial Cannabis uses will be allowed, but only in certain zoning districts in Chico: Testing Laboratory, Distributor, Manufacturer, Retailer-Delivery Only, and Retailer-Storefront.
  • Types of Businesses NOT ALLOWED: The following Commercial Cannabis uses will NOT be allowed anywhere in Chico: Cultivation and Microbusinesses.
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Permit Information

Permits Required: 

All Commercial Cannabis uses require 1) a Commercial Cannabis business permit issued by the City of Chico, and 2) a cannabis permit issued by the State of California.  All uses also require a zoning clearance from the City of Chico’s Planning Division. Do not open a Commercial Cannabis business in Chico until you have obtained these permits and clearances.   

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