Commercial Cannabis Activity Permit

Changes to CCAP Program 

On July 7, 2021 the Arcata City Council adopted changes to our Commercial Cannabis Activity Permit program.  These revisions were designed to bring our program more in sync with State regulations to eliminate unnecessary duplications and reduce internal processes where possible.  Thanks to permit holders who responded to our survey about possible changes!

Key changes include:  No duplication of building inspections; no monthly submission of inventory tracking; addition of Shared-Use Facility and Cannabis Event activities; and specific energy efficiency requirements.  Read a copy of the revised regulations here.

Our CCAP application was revised to reflect the changes.  The revised application components can be found below. 

The DCC has determined that a Project Description is now required for all applications, not only cultivation activities.  A questionnaire is part of the application as of 11-17-21.  If you recently submitted an application without this form, you may be asked to complete one.

Ready to Apply?  Application and Information

All Required Components of CCAP Application: this link provides the forms needed for a complete application.  This link also provides information and forms for the Primary Permit Holder of a Shared-Use Facility.  Find all available cannabis activity permits here.

  • If any construction is necessary (including certain equipment installation), make early contact with our Building Division to determine their requirements.  Call 707-822-5956.
  • LIVE SCANS can be obtained at any approved facility.  We do recommend obtaining scans at the Arcata Police Department so we can better track the scans.
  • 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.
  • Applications are accepted by email or in person.  Email for information about how to upload the application to a secure dropbox.

Current Application Fees:  $2,736.54 Application Fee + $4,377.62 Annual Operating Fee ($7,114.16 Total)  Find all fees here.

Need to Renew a Permit?

Use the CCAP Renewal Application form.  Current Renewal Fees:  $4,377.62 Annual Operating Fee + $329.27 Renewal Fee ($4,706.89 Total).  Find all fees here.

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

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 II
    Phone: 707-825-2168


    Arcata City Hall
    736 F Street
    Arcata, CA 95521

    Office Hours

    Monday - Friday
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Contact the Director

    David Loya, Director of Community Development

    David Loya

    Director, Community Development
    Phone: 707-825-2045