Cannabis Permit Information

The Permit Application process will occur in two phases:

Phase 1:  Background Check and Zoning Clearance

All applicants must pass a LiveScan background check and receive approval from City of Modesto Planning Division for the intended business location.  Phase 1 must be completed before continuing to Phase 2.

Phase 2: Completion of all other permit requirements found in the Commercial Cannabis Ordinance as approved by
City Council on January 16, 2018.

For more information regarding the application process view the Commercial Cannabis Permit Application General Information (PDF) document.  Please also visit the Commercial Cannabis FAQ as information may have changed since your last visit.

Phase One Submittal Requirements

Order Live Scan Background Check

Prior to submitting your permit application, each applicant will need a receipt showing that the required background check(s) has/have been ordered as required.

Live Scan background check services are available at:

Modesto Fingerprint
121 E. Orangeburg Avenue, Suite 7
Modesto, CA 95350

Modesto Police Department
600 Tenth Street
Modesto, CA 95354

Complete your Permit Application

Be sure to use the correct version - there is a version for Dispensary (Retail) businesses, and another version for all other commercial cannabis businesses.

Pay your Permit Application Fee

Phase 1 (background check, zoning clearance) Application Fee  - $4,750

Payment in full of the Permit Application fee is required when submitting a Phase 1 Permit Application.  Payment may be by Personal Check, Cashier's Check, Money Order, or major Credit Card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, subject to 2.4% credit processing charge).  

If you have met all Phase 1 Permit Application submittal requirements, bring your completed Phase 1 Permit Application with background check receipt and permit application fee payment to the City of Modesto Planning Division, 1010 Tenth Street, Suite 3300, Modesto, CA 95354. Public hours are from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday except Holidays.

Commercial Cannabis - Permit Fee Schedule

The City Council adopted application fees on December 12, 2017.  The application fees are:

Commercial Cannabis Permit Item
Optional Pre-Application Screening (background check only)
Phase 1 Application Fee (background check, zoning clearance)
Phase 2 Application Fee for Full Application (deposit for time and materials)
$20,000 (if over 10,000 square feet)
$20,000 (retail use) Request for Proposals (RFP) Only

Please note that in addition to application fees, there will also be annual permit fees.  These are being finalized and will be posted here and via Modesto City News along with a link to the final adopted Council Resolution.