Although edible cannabis products are not defined as a food in the California Health and Safety Code, Environmental Health will be applying statewide food safety standards in the California Retail Food Code to ensure product safety.
Step 1: Submit a plan review application.
Download the Cannabis Dispensary Plan Check Packet (PDF: 2.36 MB)
Cannabis dispensaries with existing land use permits approved prior to July 1, 2017 may not be required to submit plans to Environmental Health. Please contact Environmental Health for more information about this process:
By web form: Contact Us
By phone: (707) 565-6565
In all cases, an on-site review will be required to verify the current dispensary meets requirements.
Timelines will be established for compliance based on the health and safety risks associated with the requirements.
Step 2: Complete a construction inspection.
Once a plan review application is approved and an applicant has finished any necessary improvements to the property, Environmental Health will conduct an on-site construction inspection.
Step 3: Apply for a health permit.
When step 1 and step 2 are completed, you may submit an application for a health permit. Please note that a dispensary cannot operate without an approved health permit.
Download the Cannabis Health Permit Application (PDF: 63.5 kB)
Step 4: Receive an opening inspection.
An opening inspection will be conducted by Environmental Health within 30 days of the permit being issued. Routine inspections will be conducted twice per year utilizing the California Retail Food Code (PDF: 1.2 MB). Inspections will cover proper cannabis handling and storage, general cleanliness, employee health and hand washing, facility maintenance, and other safety issues.
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