Commercial Cannabis Activity Permit

Need Information About Where Cannabis Activity is Allowed in Arcata?

Cannabis activities are allowed in a specific area in the City of Arcata, with areas for retail sales activities, and another for all other activities. You can find the Retail Sales and Services Map here.  You can find the Commercial Cannabis Innovation Zone map here.

Find allowed cannabis activities here:  Allowed Permits 

Ready to Apply?  Application Information Here 

All Required Components of CCAP Application: this link provides the forms needed for a complete application.  We want to process your application as quickly as we can, and that starts with getting a complete application submittal in our hands.  A complete submittal consists of a 6-page application, along with information required on a supplemental 10 exhibits.  We've provided a checklist as part of the application form, so you can make sure your submittal is complete.  

Current Application Fees:  $2,703.29 Application Fee + $4,324.43 Annual Operating Fee ($7,027.72 Total)  Find all fees here.

Important Application Process Information

The CCAP process requires compliance review from six City departments. Processing time varies, and primarily depends on whether a use permit or construction are required.  If any construction - including certain equipment installation - is necessary, please make early contact with our Building Division to coordinate a building permit application.

LIVE SCANS can be obtained at any approved facility.  HOWEVER, we strongly recommend obtaining scans at the Arcata Police Department.  Unless the scans are performed at the APD, we will not know whether the scans are in process.

Are Hazardous Materials used in your manufacturing processes?  Complete our Hazardous Materials Worksheet.

Are you applying for a cultivation permit?  All cultivation permits, including Cultivation-Processing, require this CEQA Questionnaire form in addition to the rest of the application.

Need to apply for a business license?  You can apply online at  The SIC code for cannabis processing is 2833.

Applications are accepted by email or in-person at the City Hall Service Counter.   Please call ahead as City Hall access may be affected by COVID precautions.  Email Susan Diehl McCarthy at with questions about obtaining a permit or for a status update 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.

Ready to Renew Your CCAP?

CCAP Renewal Application Form

Need to Make Changes to Your CCAP?

Change in Permit Type
Change in Trade Name
Change of Contact Information
Change of Mailing Address
Change to Ownership or Management Structure
Modification to Facility or Equipment
Transfer of Ownership
Live Scan Form

Current Renewal Fees:  $4,324.43 Annual Operating Fee + $325.27 Renewal Fee ($4,649.70 Total).  Find all fees here.

Commercial Cannabis Retail Sales and Service

Cannabis Retail Sales & Service Zoning 07-06-2018 Opens in new window

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.

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

Contact Us

  1. Susan Diehl McCarthy, Community Development Specialist II
    Susan Diehl McCarthy
    Community Development Specialist
    Phone: 707-825-2168

    Arcata City Hall
    736 F Street
    Arcata, CA 95521

    Office Hours
    Monday - Friday
    11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Contact the Director
    David Loya
    Director, Community Development
    Phone: 707-825-2045

    Staff Directory