Cannabis Cultivation

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Phase One Cannabis Cultivation Application Deadline is October 4, 2019! 

Press Release: New Cannabis Cultivation Applications with dropbox submission instructions and helpful links (posted March 22, 2019)

Press Release: Renewal of Cannabis Cultivation Applications with dropbox submission instructions and helpful links (posted April 10, 2019)

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Cannabis Ordinance

On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, the Board of Supervisor adopted the Chapter 10A.17 and Chapter 20.242 regulating cannabis cultivation in Mendocino County.

Cannabis Program Information 

Cannabis Cultivation Phase I Re-opening Application Submission Process

Cannabis Permit Application Checklist (Revised July 16, 2019)

Cannabis Site Plan Requirements

Notice of Application Stay for One-Year Period Form  (Revised July 16, 2019)

Fee Schedule (Revised July 16, 2019)

Cannabis Application Documents

Cannabis Cultivation Application (Revised May 15, 2019)

Building Structures List

Cannabis Cultivation and Operations Plan (Revised June 19, 2019)

Property Owner Consent Form (Revised May 15, 2019)

Relocation Worksheet (Revised May 15, 2019)

Consent to Submit/Receive Information

Live Scan Form (for Mendocino County Cannabis Program only)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Example documents are available to provide applicants with a greater familiarity of the various documents required from other agencies during the application process. These example documents include Articles of Incorporation, CDTFA Seller's Permit, State Waterboard Annual Water Monitoring, CDFW EPIMS application submission confirmation email, CDFW LSA application payment receipt, CDFW LSAA application submission confirmation, Cortese List, Department of Water Resources (DWR) letter regarding well records, State Waterboard Notice of Applicability (NOA), State Waterboard Notice of Receipt for General Waste Discharge, State Waterboard Notice of Receipt for Small Irrigation Use Registration (SIUR), Well Driller's Report, and CDFW Final LSAA (Final 1602).

Please visit our Cannabis Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for more details.

Cannabis Information Hotline

The County activated a Cannabis Information Hotline 1-844-421-WEED (9333) for all cannabis related inquires, questions, and/or to be directed to the appropriate department associated with the inquiry. All interested parties will call one number for cannabis related inquiries. This hotline includes options on how to register cannabis complaints, where to apply for permits, where to pay cannabis related taxes, information regarding the building permit process, as well as general information regarding the County’s Cannabis Cultivation Program.

Pesticide Use 101 for Cannabis Cultivators

The Department of Agriculture has hosted several training classes introducing cannabis cultivators to pesticide use, regulation, and enforcement in Mendocino County.  We are providing a link to a video of one of the classes for your convenience, here.  We expect pesticide regulations to continue to change over the next several years.  We will continue to update our training course as the regulations change. 

Cannabis Application Workshops

The Department of Agriculture also hosted joint workshops with other agencies to assist cultivators in the application process.  The workshops included presentations from state agencies and county departments involved in the commercial cultivation of cannabis. The recording of the Willits workshop is available on the County's YouTube Channel.

Scale Selection

On June 20, 2016, the Division of Measurement Standards (DMS) released an informational brochure on medical cannabis.  It is intended to provide guidance to cannabis dispensaries, cultivators, distributors, transporters, and product manufacturers in the areas of scale selection, scale registration and testing, service agencies, packaging and labeling inspections, and weighmasters.  Click here to view the brochure.  Click here to go to the DMS webpage.

More Information

Questions or Additional Documents?

If you have questions, please e-mail or call 1-844-421-WEED(9333).

If you have additional documents to submit after your initial application has been received, please e-mail Please use the applicant's name and permit application number as the subject line.

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