Sonoma County Cannabis Program

Sonoma County Cannabis Ordinances

2021 Proposed Cannabis Ordinance Documents

Board of Supervisors

On May 18, 2021, the Board voted 5-0 to reject the Planning Commission’s recommendation to adopt the Commercial Cannabis Cultivation in Agricultural and Resource Areas Ordinance, also known as Chapter 38, which would have streamlined permitting for cannabis cultivation within Agricultural and Resource zoned parcels in Sonoma County. Read the Board Summary Report and Attachments here

Planning Commission

April 15, 2021 Staff Memo and Resolution

March 18, 2021 Staff Report and Attachments

Zoom recordings: 
March 18, 2021 Meeting Passcode: bxUf2!P4
March 25, 2021 Meeting Passcode: K?e*G5h@
April 15, 2021 Meeting Passcode: Z1rf2zb!

March 2021 Virtual Town Hall PowerPoint Presentations and Zoom Recordings

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

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.

    Contact Information

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