Commercial Cannabis Activity Permit

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Current Renewal Fees:  $4,148 annual operating fee + $312 renewal fee.  Total of $4,460.

Commercial Cannabis Retail Sales and Service

Cannabis retail sales and service regulations went into effect on July 6, 2018 through Ordinance #1501.  The City is accepting applications for cannabis retail sales and services in the zoning areas shown below.  Click the image for a larger view.

Cannabis Retail Sales & Service Zoning 07-06-2018

Track and Trace Process Changes

The City of Arcata recognizes the importance of compliance with track and trace requirements, without causing unwarranted burdens to businesses that are CCAP holders. 

Below, you will find essential information about an interim process which will satisfy track and trace compliance.

Permit holders may begin the new track and trace procedures on June 26, but must be in compliance by August 10, 2018.   We will contact each business to set a schedule for records submittals.

We look forward to an interim track and trace procedure which will meet compliance requirements, and is easier for all concerned.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

CCAP Application

All Required Components of CCAP Application.  A complete submittal consists of a 6-page application, and information required on a supplemental 10 exhibits.  A checklist is part of the application form, and is designed to help applicants provide a complete submittal.

CCAP Information Only 

Applications are accepted at the front counter for the Building Division and Planning Division

Please call Susan Diehl McCarthy at 707-822-5955 for answers about obtaining a permit or status updates on existing applications. 
If you have zoning questions, please call the Planning Division at 707-822-5955. If you have building questions, please call the Building Division at 707-822-5956. You are also welcome to make an appointment to discuss your project directly.

Contact Us

  1. Commercial Cannabis Activity Permits

    Susan Diehl McCarthy

    Arcata City Hall
    736 F Street
    Arcata, CA 95521

    Phone: 707-822-5955


    (Excluding Holidays)
    Monday - Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Staff Directory

Recent Updates

The Commercial Cannabis Activity Permit (CCAP) requires compliance review from six different City departments.  The permitting process is managed by a CCAP Permit and Code Technician, supported by other staff.  

City cannabis activity regulations were revised withing the Cannabis Innovation Zone by City Council Resolution 178-23 on 11-15-17.

On December 20, 2017 the City Council approved Non-Medical (Adult) Use in addition to the existing Medical Use.  The Medical Cannabis Innovation Zone was also renamed the Cannabis Innovation Zone (CIZ).

Land Use Code changes are currently in process to describe and codify what will be allowed, and where, under Non-Medical Use.

Helpful Information for CCAP Applicants & Permit Holders

Cultivation and Manufacturing: Fire Department Requirements and Regulations

Sales Invoice / Manifest Form

Provisional CCAP

The City is accepting applications for Provisional CCAPs.  The purpose is to assist business owners in applying for State licensing.  This is a  non-operational permit.  A business must complete the full CCAP application process to operate.

Provisional CCAP Checklist

Provisional CCAP and Non-Medicinal Use Info 08-07-18