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Cannabis Inspections Protocol During Shelter in Place

The Bureaus of Building and Fire Prevention as well as the Oakland Police Department are conducting inspections of cannabis facilities during the Shelter in Place Order provided cannabis operators implement the social distancing and cleaning protocols outlined in Alameda County Department of Public Health's Shelter in Place Order Protocol.

  • To schedule an inspection with the Building Bureau, call 510-238-3444.
  • To schedule an inspection with the Fire Prevention Bureau, email
  • To schedule a security inspection with the Oakland Police Department, email and attach a copy of your completed Cannabis Permit Inspection Card.

For more information on Planning and Building as well as Fire Prevention services during the Shelter in Place please visit here.

Also note that some inspections, such as the Certificate of Occupancy inspection, may be conducted remotely during the Shelter in Place Order. Please view the Virtual CO Inspections Protocol.

Passing along two additional resources for cannabis businesses that were burglarized in Oakland in late May and early June:

  1. Local Emergency Declaration Allows for State Relief
    On June 16, 2020, the City Council adopted a declaration of local emergency in Oakland regarding the attacks on cannabis facilities. This local declaration allows operators to ask for regulatory relief from state agencies (see the Bureau of Cannabis Control Regulation section 5038 available here.)
  2. Waiver of Late Tax Payments
    If your business was burglarized during the string of burglaries in Oakland in late May and early June, you may be eligible for a waiver of late tax payment penalties from the City's Revenue Management Bureau. To seek a waiver of penalties, please email and provide the police report or the number of the police report that documents the recent burglary of your business. If you have questions about this program, you may also call the customer service line at (510) 238-3704.

As a reminder, recently burglarized equity applicants can also apply for emergency grants available here.

2019-2020 Eight Dispensary Applicants Selected

To view the selected applicants Dispensary Applications, click below for each individual applicant.


Jun 25, 2020

Updates to Equity Grant Program

Our office is excited to announce the following three updates to the City's Grant and Loan Programs for equity applicants.

May 22, 2020

Eight Dispensary Applicants Selected

Equity Dispensary Permit Application

Today, May 22, 2020 the City Clerk held a public drawing to select qualified individuals and businesses to be eligible for four (4) new cannabis dispensary permits made available specifically to equity applicants. Those selected were Cisco Negoescu, EFFET, LLC, Garren Poole and Shuai Yang.

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Cultivators, delivery-only dispensaries, distributors, testing laboratories, manufacturers and transporters may apply for cannabis permits. There is no limit on the number of permits that can be issued for those activities.

However, at least half of all permits must be issued to Equity applicants as described below.

  • Equity – Applicants who qualify for fee waivers plus technical and financial assistance based on income level and residential location or cannabis conviction.
  • General – All other applicants. A General applicant who incubates an Equity applicant by providing them with three years of free rent and security measures, has priority over other General applicants.

OFFICE HOURS FOR CANNABIS BUSINESS: Monday - Fridays 9:30 am - 12:00pm and 1:00 - 3:30pm

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