California now allows the cultivation, processing, and sale of cannabis for recreational use if a cannabis businesses has obtained the appropriate State and local permits. The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance regulating the commercial cannabis industry in the unincorporated areas of the County. This includes retail sales, delivery (including from outside the County or from a city within the County), cultivation, manufacturing, testing, and distribution. Certain types of cannabis operations are limited to a specific number of permits (i.e., retail sales and cultivation). A commercial cannabis health permit is required to conduct any type of commercial cannabis activity in the unincorporated areas of Contra Costa County.
Environmental Health reviews applications for cannabis health permits and conducts unannounced inspections of cannabis operations. Delivery companies have their vehicles inspected at least once annually.
If your cannabis operation is located in an incorporated city, contact that city for information regarding their local regulations.
[Applications, Forms, Fees]
- Applications, Forms, Fees
- Permit Process
Application and Forms/Fee Schedule
This is a list of all the applications, forms, and fee schedule associated with the Commercial Cannabis Program.
Health Permit Applications and Fee Schedule
How to Apply for a Permit
The operator of a cannabis business must obtain all State and local permits prior to commencing operation. Those businesses operating in the incorporated areas of the County or delivering from outside these areas to customers in the unincorporated areas of the County must obtain a commercial cannabis health permit from Contra Costa Environmental Health.
To obtain a permit, a completed commercial cannabis health permit application and applicable fee must be submitted to Environmental Health. The application is reviewed and if deemed complete, an onsite permit inspection is then conducted. Unannounced inspections are done afterwards.
Each year prior to the expiration of cannabis health permits on June 30th, cannabis businesses must apply for a new health permit.
- Cannabis Application Process and Flowchart – (pending)
Resources: Codes, Documents, Signage, Training, Videos, Other Link
The following are documents and informational resources for cannabis operations.
The following agencies may have regulatory oversight related to your operation, depending on items sold or types of food processes performed.
Types of Operations
There are several types of cannabis operations. These may operate singly or in combination, depending on the permit(s) obtained by the operator.
- Cultivation – Any activity involving the planting, growing, harvesting, drying, curing, grading, or …….