SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 11, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The City of Sacramento will start accepting applications for non-residential marijuana cultivation on April 3rd after the City Council lifted the temporary moratorium on cultivation, and approved the remaining components of its cultivation regulations at the March 7th meeting.
In order to operate a cultivation business in the City of Sacramento, both a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) and a Business Operating Permit (BOP) are required. An approved CUP, or proof of a submitted CUP application, is a pre-requisite for applying for an operating permit. Applications are now available for download from our Cultivation page.
The City Council also adopted the operating permit fees, which range from $9,700 for cultivation sites with canopy sizes of 5,000 sq. ft. and below, to $28,910 for up to 22,000 sq. ft. of canopy, which is the maximum allowed by State law.
The CUP process carries a separate fee and can range from $16,640 to $33,610 depending on the characteristics of the proposed cultivation site and the level of review the project requires.
At the same meeting, the City Council also approved an administrative review process for applicants with prior criminal convictions, particularly for marijuana activities that are now legal, who would otherwise be unfairly barred from applying for a business permit under the existing regulations.
The Council also approved a sensitive use buffer with a 600 ft. distance requirement from neighborhood and community parks, and an amendment to the cultivation permit term changing it from bi-annual to annual renewals.
For more information on the application process, please contact a member of the City’s Marijuana Policy and Enforcement Team.
Randi L. Knott 916-808-5771