REGISTRATION FOR INDUSTRIAL HEMP CULTIVATION IS NOW AVAILABLE. All growers of industrial hemp for commercial purposes must register with the County Agricultural Commissioner prior to cultivation.  Any cultivation of industrial hemp without a valid registration is in violation of the law and subject to enforcement.  The fees and process for registration can be found on the Agricultural Commissioner's website.
RFP NOTICE UPDATE! The ranking process for the Cannabis RFP RESPONSE packages, by the County, is now complete. Please click here to view the ranking results.

CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT DEADLINE REMINDER! The 120-day deadline is Wednesday, October 30, 2019. Click here for details.

Commercial Cannabis in Riverside County 

Over the last several years, California voters and the state legislature created a legal framework to enable the cannabis industry to move into a regulated commercial market. In response to these changes, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted to initiate the process to establish potential ordinances to create a comprehensive local program to permit and regulate medical and adult-use cannabis businesses and cannabis activities. On October 23, 2018, the Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance establishing the permitting process and regulations for commercial cannabis operations. This webpage serves as central location for the multi-department implementation of the County’s Cannabis Program.

Quick Facts About Cannabis in Riverside County

   -   Ordinance No. 348.4898 establishes the permitting process and regulations for commerical cannabis operations and became effective December 23, 2018. However, the County is only responsible for permitting in the unincorporated County areas. Therefore, if you are located within an incorporated city, please contact that city to inquire about the city’s regulations. 
   -   As of December 26, 2018, the Riverside County Planning Department is accepting conditional use permit applications for commercial cannabis: testing, distribution, manufacturing, and wholesale nurseries ONLY.
   -   Applicants for commercial cannabis retail and cultivation uses must participate in the proposal process by which the County will seek and evaluate proposals from interested parties. In the first year of implementation of the ordinance, the County will accept and process 50 cultivation and 19 retail conditional use applications, as selected via the proposal process. This process is commence with the submittal of pre-registration forms, which were due February 15, 2019. Submittal of the form on or before this date is required to move forward in the process.
   -   Commercial Cannabis regulations can be found in Article XIXh of Ordinance No. 348. Additional commercial cannabis documents may be found in the Documents & Reports webpage.
   -   All commercial cannabis conditional use permits issued by the County will require that a cannabis businesses obtain a state license prior to operating. More information on state licensing is available here.
   -   All commercial cannabis conditional use applications are required to be processed with a Development Agreement (negotiated with the County). Development Agreement base rate and processing fees will be determined by the BOS after the first of the year.
   -   For additional details, please review the Cannabis Applications flyer.
Riverside County Cannabis Application Submittal Reminder
Pursuant to the Cannabis Request for Proposal (“RFP”) documentation and as a reminder to all businesses who are able to move forward to the Conditional Use Permit (“CUP”) entitlement process, you have 120-days from the date the Board of Supervisors approved the RFP ranking list, which was Tuesday, July 2, 2019, to submit a CUP package. The 120-day deadline is Wednesday, October 30, 2019. If you are proposing to move forward to the final CUP stage, be sure to submit prior to this deadline, as we will be unable to accept late applications. Please keep in mind that some proposed cannabis locations may require the submittal of other applications in addition to the Conditional Use Permit and Development Agreement, due to site specific circumstances which could range from an incorrect General Plan Land Use Designation or incorrect Zoning Classification. Carefully check your specific circumstance and consult with Planning staff, as needed, to determine the correct set of applications.
For further information, use the following link to assist with the appropriate applications and filling instruction handouts:
If you have any other questions or concerns, please send them to
Applying for Commercial Cannabis Conditional Use Permit (Retailers, Cultivation and Microbusinesses)
On Tuesday, July 2, 2019, the Board of Supervisors accepted the Cannabis RFP response package rankings. Acceptance of the rankings now moves us into the last phase, submittal of a Conditional Use Permit. For those who are able to move forward and decide to do so, you will be required to submit at a minimum, the following entitlement applications and the appropriate corresponding filing fees:
  Conditional Use Permit
  Development Agreement
  Environmental Review

In addition, depending upon the location of the site and your particular circumstances, you may also be required to submit the following additional entitlement applications and the appropriate corresponding filing fees:
  General Plan Amendment
  Change of Zone
  Setback Adjustment

All entitlement applications can be found here: Planning Applications. Pursuant to the RFP document, you have 120-days from Board approval of the rankings to submit the application package. Board approval date was Tuesday, July 2, 2019 and 120-days is Wednesday, October 30, 2019. All applications must be submitted by this date. No late applications will be accepted. After the Conditional Use Permit application package has been submitted, discussions regarding the community benefit will be initiated, based upon what was stated in the RFP response package. Once agreed upon, the Development Agreement will be prepared.
The following revised ranking table is now available. It further clarifies in better detail, the specific locations and CAN19XXXX applications that are in conflict with each other (Less than 1,000 feet from each other).
Applying for a Commercial Cannabis Conditional Use Permit (Testing, Manufacturing, Distribution, and Wholesale Nursery)
Every commercial cannabis activity requires an approved conditional use permit (CUP) and development agreement, at a minimum:
  • There is no special or unique CUP application that will be used to apply for a commercial cannabis activities. The existing CUP application (Form 295-1010, "Application for Land Use and Development") shall be used. CUP application forms and filing instructions can be found on the application webpage.
  • Fees for CUP applications can be found on the fee schedule webpage. Fees for commerical cannabis CUP applications are no different than CUP application fees for other conditional uses.
  • All commercial cannabis CUP applications will be processed with a development agreement that will be negotiated during the application process.
  • At this point, the County will only accept applications for commercial cannabis testing, manufacturing, distribution, and wholesale nurseries. Currently, applications for commerical cannabis retial, cultivation, and microbusiness are NOT be accepted being accepted. An request for proposal (RFP) process for these activities will begin early 2019. More information and updates can be found on this webpage.
For additional details, please review the Cannabis Applications flyer.

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