Cannabis Cultivation Program FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions


What application phases are open for Cannabis Cultivation?

Phase 1 - CLOSED. Application period closed on October 4, 2019.

Phase 2 - CLOSED. Application period closed on February 28, 2022.

Phase 3 - OPEN. Application period opened on March 1, 2022.

 To review the Board of Supervisors meeting in which this was approved, please CLICK HERE.


How can I stay updated on Cannabis Department Changes?

To keep updated on any Cannabis Department notifications, we encourage you to sign up for our Canna Notes e-Newsletter. Learn more by clicking HERE.


Can I reassign or transfer my Cannabis Cultivation Business License (CCBL)?

Only ISSUED and VALID (not expired) Mendocino County Cultivation Licenses may be reassigned. If the license is expired, it will require renewal by the original license holder before it can be reassigned.

For instructions on how to transfer or reassign an application, please call the Cannabis Department at (707) 234-6680.


Can I reassign a Cannabis Cultivation License Application that is under review?

No. There is no mechanism within our ordinance that allows for reassignments of applications under review.


How can I determine my property's zoning?

Check your zone by following the steps on this guide:  How to Find your Zone

If your site is in one of the following zones, you CANNOT cultivate cannabis.
No cultivation in:
- RL: Rangeland
- FL: Forest Land
- TP: Timber Production

Should your site address not populate, or your zoning code not be listed, please call the Assessor’s office to retrieve your zoning code.  Mendocino County Assessor’s Office: (707) 234-6800


How can I report a Cannabis Cultivation Complaint?

Mendocino County Code Enforcement is concerned with complaints pertaining to Planning and Building codes and ordinances in the unincorporated areas of Mendocino County.  Code Enforcement also handles complaints for the Medical and Non-medical Cannabis Ordinance(s).

Cannabis Cultivation Online Complaint Form

Cannabis Complaint Hotline: (844) 421-WEED (9333)


How many CCBLs can a person obtain?

No person can apply for more than two (2) licenses of any type in Mendocino County and two (2) different persons cannot apply for a CCBL on the same legal parcel.

Please see the following Ordinance sections below for further detail: Ordinance Section 10A.17.020 – Definitions. "Person" means an individual, firm, partnership, joint venture, association, corporation, limited liability company, estate, trust, business trust, receiver, syndicate, or any other group or combination acting as a unit and includes the plural as well as the singular number.


If a cultivator intends to relocate his or her cultivation activities to a destination site, but is unable to restore the origin site, can the cultivator relocate during phase one?

No. Regardless of the reason, inability to restore the origin site will preclude a cultivator’s ability to relocate during phase one. Restoration is mandatory. (See MCC §10A.17.080(B)(3)). However, a cultivator who is unable to relocate during phase one for inability to restore will not be precluded from applying for a license during phase two or phase three, subject to meeting the other requirements for those phases.