Cannabis Information

Cannabis Information

Applications open November 20, 2020


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 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. 


Commercial Cannabis Applications

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

The City is opening a limited period to accept applications for Commercial Cannabis permits.  The period will begin November 20, 2020 and close on January 4, 2021 at 4pm.  As the City will be closing for a brief period during the holidays, it is very likely many of the applicants will be submitting applications on the final day.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, it is your obligation to call Planning at (530) 879-6800 to make an appointment in advanced to submit your applications and fees, as our facilities will be only open by appointment.  Mailing or postmarks will n


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. 

The City Council also established Cannabis specific fees Resolution - Cannabis Fees.


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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