Cannabis Information

Cannabis Information

Application Process


For all inquiries, email or call (530) 896-7202.

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. 

Commercial Cannabis Applications

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


Pursuant to City Council direction the cannabis application process has been opened for manufacturing, distribution and testing labs from December 22, 2021 through January 7, 2022. Applications for storefront and non-storefront retail will not be accepted at this time. 


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.


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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