Sonoma County Cannabis Program

Sonoma County Cannabis Ordinances

On October 16, 2018, the County updated the Cannabis Ordinance which went into effect on November 15, 2018. This update, Part 1, was the first of two updates. Part 1 had a limited scope focused on neighborhood compatibility issues and aligning the Ordinance with state law where appropriate. Part 2 will include a more thorough review of neighborhood compatibility and other implementation efforts that require robust outreach and staff analysis.

Part 1 Amendments to the Cannabis Ordinance include:

  • Minimum lot size of 10 acres for all commercial cannabis cultivation operations in agricultural and resource zones (LIA, LEA, DA, and RRD)
  • New setback of 600 feet from schools for indoor cultivation in agricultural and resource zones
  • Reduction to the setback from public parks may be allowed with a use permit under certain circumstances
  • Adult use/recreational cannabis is allowed only with a use permit
  • Use permit term extended to 5 years (zoning permits are still 1 year)
  • 25% additional area for propagation to support onsite cultivation is allowed with a use permit;
  • New license types:
    • Centralized Processing (Cap of 9)
    • Microbusiness (combo of different cannabis businesses, allowed only in industrial)
    • Distributor-Transport Only- okay for all zones where cultivation is allowed

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors adopted the Cannabis Ordinance for Land Use, Medical Cannabis Health Ordinance, and Cannabis Business Tax Ordinance in December 2016.

2018 Ordinance Updates – Part One

Sonoma County Board of Supervisors

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors met on December 6, December 13, and December 20, 2016; and on April 11 and October 16, 2018.

Board of Supervisors Meetings

October 16, 2018

April 11, 2018

December 20, 2016

December 13, 2016

December 6, 2016


Sonoma County Planning Commission

The Sonoma County Planning Commission met several times during October and November 2016; and June, August and September, 2018.

Commission Meetings

September 6, 2018

    August 7, 2018

    Planning Commission

    June 28, 2018

    June 7, 2018

    November 17, 2016

    October 2016

    Policy Discussion Papers

    The following were provided to the Planning Commissioners to be used during deliberations.

    2019 Ordinance Amendments – Part 2

    Part 2 will include a more thorough review of neighborhood compatibility and other implementation efforts that require robust outreach and staff analysis and is scheduled to begin in fall 2018.