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Cannabis Information


Frequently Asked Questions


What kind of El Dorado County permits and/or licenses do I need to engage in commercial cannabis activities in the unincorporated part of El Dorado County?

All commercial cannabis activities require Commercial Cannabis Use Permit, Commercial Cannabis Operating Permit and business license. You will also have to obtain the required State of California licenses.

​When should I get an El Dorado County business license from the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office?

An El Dorado County business license should be obtained after you have received an El Dorado County Commercial Cannabis Use Permit and Commercial Cannabis Operating Permit along with the necessary licenses from the State of California.


Does El Dorado County restrict or limit the number of permits for commercial cannabis activities?

The County allows for seven (7) retail storefronts and 150 commercial cannabis cultivation operations. It does not have permit limits on the other allowed commercial cannabis activities (e.g. distribution, manufacturing, test laboratories, delivery services, etc.).


Is there a certain timeframe in which applications will be received?

Applications are available now. The County will put applications on a waiting list if/when it has reached the maximum storefront and cultivation permits mentioned above.

How long is a County Commercial Cannabis Use Permit valid?

The County Commercial Cannabis Use Permit runs with the life of the parcel, unless a shorter time period is specified or the conditions set in place are not met and the permit is revoked. For more information please click on the following link:

https://www.edcgov.us/Government/planning/Cannabis/Pages/Cannabis---Commercial.aspx



How long is a County Commercial Cannabis Operating Permit valid?

The County Commercial Cannabis Operating Permit is valid for one (1) year from the date of issuance, unless a shorter time period is specified. For more information please click on the following link:

https://www.edcgov.us/Government/planning/Cannabis/Pages/Cannabis---Commercial.aspx


How long is a County business license valid?

The County business license is valid for one (1) year from the date of issuance, unless a shorter time period is specified by the Treasurer- Tax Collector. For more information please click on the following link:

https://www.edcgov.us/Government/TaxCollector/pages/Business_License_Info.aspx


After obtaining the necessary permits and licenses from the County and State will I need to get other permits?

Approval of a land use permit (Commercial Cannabis Use Permit) only entitles the use itself and approval of an operating permit only allows the commercial cannabis operations within certain conditions. Separate permits or licenses may also be required including any proposed construction or grading activities. For more information please click on the following link:

https://www.edcgov.us/Government/Building

https://www.edcgov.us/Government/Ag

https://www.edcgov.us/Government/EMD


What does the passing of Proposition 64 mean in El Dorado County?

  • Personal Recreational Use

Proposition 64 permits adults 21 years and older to use recreational cannabis within a private residence and grow cannabis indoors (up to six (6) plants per residence) for personal use. Cannabis use is still prohibited in public and areas where smoking tobacco is prohibited.

  • Commercial Recreational Cannabis Cultivation, Manufacturing or Sales Operations

Proposition 64 does allow commercial recreational cannabis cultivation, manufacturing or sales operations with local approval /permits. In addition, commercial cannabis activities require a license(s) from the State Bureau of Cannabis Control, the Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch or CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing, which will not grant a license without a local jurisdiction's approval. 


Do I need El Dorado County commercial cannabis permits, business license and State of California licenses to grow cannabis for personal use in the unincorporated part of
El Dorado County?

Not for personal use. Please click on the following link for more information on personal use rules:

https://www.edcgov.us/Government/planning/Cannabis/Pages/Cannabis---Personal.aspx


​Can I sell personal use cannabis plants or products to others?

​Proposition 64 does not allow the sale of homegrown cannabis, whether whole plant, clippings, clones, or any product derived from any part of the plant.

​Can I smoke or consume cannabis in public places?

It is illegal to smoke or consume medical or recreational cannabis in any public place in El Dorado County. Smoking or consuming medical or recreational cannabis is also prohibited under state law where smoking tobacco is prohibited, which includes but is not limited to hallways and lobbies of apartment buildings and hotels, on the street, in schools, amusement parks, public parks and places of business usually open to the general public.

Additionally, consumption or smoking of cannabis is prohibited within 1,000 feet of a school or youth area while children are present, except on private residential property provided the smoking is not detectable by children.


​I live in a residentially zoned area. Can I cultivate cannabis for personal medical use?

It depends on what zoned lot you live in and other factors (e.g. setbacks on your lot, screening of the marijuana, etc.).  The following are the zone designations and the amount that is allowed to be grown if a person or people have valid medical card(s) or recommendation(s) from a doctor:

  • Lots zoned: R1, R20,000, R1A, R2A and R3A – these lots can grow up to 200 square feet
  • Lots zoned: RE and RL – these lots can grow up to 400 square feet (must have two medical cards or prescriptions from two different individuals – please Ordinance 5000 for additional rules)
  • Lots zoned: AG, FR, LA, and PA – these lots can grow up to 600 square feet (must have three medical cards or prescriptions from three different individuals – please see Ordinance 5000 for additional rules, which can be found on the personal cultivation link below)

The cultivation of more than 200 square feet is only allowed as a collective cultivation as provided in subsection 2.E of Ordinance 5000. 

In addition, please remember there are other factors that need to be followed (e.g. setback room, screening, inability of the public to see the cannabis, residing on the lot where the medical cannabis is grown, etc.).

For information on whether you can cultivate cannabis for medical use on your property please click on the following link (please have your APN number): http://edcapps.edcgov.us/Planning/parceldatainfo.asp

If you do not know your APN, please go here: https://parcel.edcgov.us

For more information on personal cultivation of cannabis please click on the following link:

https://www.edcgov.us/Government/planning/Cannabis/Pages/Cannabis---Personal.aspx

For information on how to obtain a Medical Marijuana Identification Card through El Dorado County, click on the following link:

https://www.edcgov.us/Government/PublicHealth/Medical%20Marijuana%20Program/Pages/medical_marijuana_program.aspx