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In September 2017, the Brisbane City Council adopted Ordinance 617, adding Chapter 17.33 to the Brisbane Municipal Code to regulate certain types of medicinal and non-medicinal cannabis businesses in the City’s commercial zoning districts.  In April 2018, the City Council adopted Ordinance 625 to eliminate the prohibition of cannabis-related businesses within 600 feet of a school or daycare, effective May 5, 2018.  On November 8, 2018, the City Council introduced Ordinance 632 to modify the permitted operating hours for cannabis businesses. The Ordinance will be scheduled for second reading and adoption in December and will be effective 30 days after its adoption.
Questions about the permitting process for cannabis businesses may be directed to the Community Development Department at (415) 508-2120 or planning@brisbaneca.org.

"Where and How Can I Establish My Cannabis Business?"

The Ordinance allows cannabis warehousing/distribution, manufacturing, delivery-only retail, and lab testing as conditionally permitted uses in the Crocker Industrial Park (TC-1 District), and lab testing in the SCRO-1 District with the approval of a Use Permit by the Planning Commission. Cannabis lab testing is also allowed in Sierra Point (SP-CRO District) by-right (no Use Permit required). Click on the below image of the City's Zoning Map to view zoning district locations. 
Required Permits
  • Use Permit: A Use Permit is required for cannabis distribution/warehousing, manufacturing, delivery-only retail, and lab testing uses in the TC-1 District, and for testing laboratories in the SCRO-1 District. To apply for a Use Permit, a physical business premise and permission from the property owner to apply for the Use Permit is required. The Use Permit application (select "Conditional Uses per District Regulations" checklist) and supplemental Cannabis Business Compliance Checklist are required, both of which are available on the Planning Permit Applications page.
  • Building Permit: A building permit is required for any physical improvements or modifications to the building that your business may require. If your business does not require a conditional use permit, you must provide a completed Cannabis Business Compliance Checklist with your building permit application.
  • Business License: Prior to operating in Brisbane, all cannabis businesses must obtain a business license. If your business does not require a conditional use permit or a building permit in order for you to occupy the business premise, a completed Cannabis Business Compliance Checklist must be submitted with your business license application.
  • At this time there is no cap or limit on the types or number of Use Permits or business licenses issued for cannabis businesses in Brisbane.
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