Sonoma County Cannabis Program

Cannabis Business Readiness Guide:
2. Register Your Business

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This can be done once you determine the most appropriate operating structure for your business, and have determined its name. All documentation must be approved by the State of California before the business can become a legally-recognized entity.

Read next: 3. Financing

Register with the California Secretary of State

Registration requirements and forms may be found at the California Secretary of State website:

Sonoma County Fictitious Name Statement

If you plan to conduct business under a name that does not contain the surname of any and all owners, or is a corporation that will do business under a different name than is registered with the State, you will need to file a Fictitious Business Name Statement with the County of Sonoma Clerk-Recorder's Office.

This application must be filed within 40 days of business start date.

For more information, please see Fictitious Business Names

Contact Information

Economic Development Board
County of Sonoma
Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
141 Stony Circle
Suite 110
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
38.44011, -122.745706