Cannabis Permits and Licenses

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Cannabis Overlay Zones

Mendocino County is amending its cannabis regulations to establish two types of overlay zones: areas intended to support continued operations by existing growers (Opt-In Zones), and areas where new commercial cannabis cultivation would be restricted (Opt-Out Zones).

Michael Baker International, the County’s consultant, and County staff will discuss the purpose and intent of the overlay zones and the boundaries of the proposed Opt-In Zones and Opt-Out Zones at upcoming community meetings. Community members are encouraged to learn more about these proposed overlay zones and to provide input on both the proposed regulations and the boundaries of the proposed overlay zones. The Board of Supervisors is seeking input from affected community members to help guide their discussions and decisions regarding these proposed regulations.

Overview of Proposed Regulations:

Proposed Boundaries

Submit comments to the Board at

Community Meetings:

Covelo Opt-In Overlay Zone - Thursday, July 26th, 10:00 to Noon
Round Valley Public Library, 23925 Howard St, Covelo, CA 95428

Mitchell Creek Opt-In Overlay Zone - Thursday, July 26th, 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Caspar Community Center, South Room, 15051 Caspar Road, Caspar CA 95420

Laytonville and South Leggett Opt-In Overlay Zones - Friday, July 27th, 10:00 to Noon
Long Valley Garden Club, 375 Harwood Road, Laytonville, CA 95454

Deerwood and Woody Glen Opt-Out Zones - Friday, July 27th, 5:00 to 7:00 PM
County Administration Center, Board Chambers, 501 Low Gap Road, Ukiah, CA 95482

Cannabis Questions

Have a question about the County’s cannabis program? Call the Cannabis Information Hotline at 1-844-421-WEED(9333)

If you would like to receive updates on the cannabis program, please sign up for Canna Notes e Notifications.

Check out the Cannabis Cultivation Program FAQs.

Cannabis Complaints

Need to file a complaint regarding a potential cannabis related issue? Call 1-844-421-WEED(9333) or complete a complaint form.

Permits and Licenses

Need to apply for a cannabis related permit or license? The table below identifies where to go for various types of permits, licenses and information.

Cannabis Facilities Business License

To apply for a cannabis processing, manufacturing, testing laboratory, retailer, distribution or microbusiness business license complete the Cannabis Facilities Business License application packet and submit it to the Tax Collector along with the applicable fee. 

Cannabis Cultivation Permit

 Cannabis Cultivation Application Steps

1. Make an appointment with Planning and Building Services to review the application site plan and generate a zoning clearance.  Planning and Building Services will provide the applicant with a Initial Cannabis Cultivation Checklist and Zoning Clearance to take to the Department of Agriculture.

2.Make an appointment with the Department of Agriculture to submit a cannabis application, including proof of prior cultivation.

3. Once the Department of Agriculture staff have reviewed the Initial Cannabis Cultivation Application and zoning clearance, you will then take the signed Initial Application Review Checklist to the Treasurer/Tax Collectors Office to make a payment of a non-refundable application fee.

4. Upon payment, proof of payment for the processing of your application must be delivered to the Department of Agriculture. Once your proof of payment has been verified by the Department of Agriculture, your application will be processed

Contact Information 



890 North Bush St.
Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone: (707) 234-6830


 Treasurer Tax - Collector

501 Low Gap Rd, Room 1060
Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone: (707) 234-6875

 Planning and Building Services


Ukiah Office:
860 North Bush Street
Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone: (707) 234-6650

Fort Bragg Office:
120 West Fir Street
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Phone: (707) 964-5379


 Environmental Health


Ukiah Office:
860 N Bush Street
Ukiah, Ca 95482
Phone: (707) 234-6625

Fort Bragg Office:
120 West Fir Street
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Phone: (707) 961-2714


 Code Enforcement  


860 North Bush Street
Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone: (707) 234-6650


 Executive Office


501 Low Gap Road, Room 1010
Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone: (707) 463-4441








































Cannabis Cultivation Regulations

Ordinance Adopting Chapter 10A.17 - Medical Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance and Chapter 20.242 - Medical Cannabis Cultivation Site, Adopted April 4, 2017.

Cannabis Business Tax – Ordinance No. 4361

Medical Cannabis Cultivation Amendment - Ordinance No. 4392, Adopted August 29, 2017

Please Note as of January 1, 2018, the Agricultural Exempt Building Application has been update to address hoop houses and storage buildings for cannabis cultivation.  Please contact Planning and Building for more information.

Resolution No. 17-042 - adopting the Mitigated Negative Declaration and Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program for the Medical Cannabis Cultivation Regulation.  For the full report please see the agenda item.   

The CEQA addendum for adult use can is also available online. 

Cannabis Facilities Regulations

On October 17, 2017, Mendocino County adopted Chapter 20.243 - Cannabis Facilities and Chapter  6.36 Cannabis Facilities Businesses (Ordinance No. 4394) to permit the other aspects of the cannabis industry (dispensing/retail, distribution, processing, testing and manufacturing).  The ordinance will take effect on November 16, 2017.  For more information on how to apply for a Cannabis Facilities Business License, please contact the Treasurer Tax Collector's Office.  For more information on zoning or building requirements, please contact the Planning and Building Services Department.

Contact information for State Agencies

State Water Board - Cannabis Cultivation Water Rights

North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board - Cannabis Cultivation Waste Discharge Regulatory Program

California Cannabis Portal

Cannabis Questions? Call 1-844-421-WEED(9333)


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