Cannabis Permits

How to Access Bureaus of Building and Fire Prevention

Please review updated procedures on how to obtain approvals from the Bureaus of Building and Fire Prevention as part of the cannabis permitting process. Also, please note the Permit Counter recently re-opened for in-person services. Please visit our Permit Center Reopening webpage for full details on hours of operation, scheduling your appointments, and services offered.


For information on the 2019-2020 Cannabis Dispensary Process click here.

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 btwebsupport@oaklandca.gov 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.

For those who were unable to join the Zoom meeting on Monday, February 1st, to discuss the City of Oakland 2021 Proposed Cannabis Operator Regulations, you can access the video of the meeting.

Video - Access Passcode: L98@cX6d


On March 31st our office hosted a zoom webinar to discuss the 2021 Proposed Cannabis Operator Regulations and the 120-day Compliance Plan for Operators seeking a provisional state license. If you were unable to attend, you can access the video of the meeting by clicking the link below.

Video - Access Passcode: !Lzm5Pzs


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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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