Cannabis Information

Cannabis Information

Check back soon for updates and availability of applications and identification of permit fees.


For all inquiries, email 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 is preparing the applications for retail and non-retail commercial cannabis.  Currently, the City Council has deferred action on establishing applicable fees for these applications until its November 3, 2020 meeting.  After approval of these application fees, the City will finalize the applications and release them to the public shortly thereafter. 

 Release of Applications (Revised): Tentatively, November 9-13, 2020.

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. 


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.


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.


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.

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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