Cannabis Information

Cannabis Information

Application Process


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All commercial cannabis uses are presently unlawful in Chico and are not allowed unless a permit has been obtained from the State of California and the City of Chico. The City’s ordinance took effect October 16, 2020. On November 3, 2020, the City Council approved establishing applicable fees for 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. 

California Licensing and Regulation

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Following the passage of Proposition 64, the State of California established an extensive body of regulations for commercial cannabis activity in the State. First, the State Legislature approved the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act to create a licensing and regulatory system for commercial cannabis business. The state’s cannabis licensing agencies, the Bureau of Cannabis Control, the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Food and Agriculture, promulgated a series of emergency regulations for commercial cannabis activity.


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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