Cannabis Control
891 Mountain Ranch Road, Bldg A
San Andreas, CA 95249
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PHONE: (209) 754-6070
TIP LINE: (209) 754-6336
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Due to COVID-19 the Division of Cannabis Control asks that you call (209) 754-6070 to have your questions answered. If necessary, our staff will schedule an appointment when a phone call doesn’t suit your specific needs.

For your convenience, we’ve placed envelopes and a bin outside our window for document submittals. Thank you in advance for helping keep our staff and you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Calls are accepted between 8 am – 5 pm. If calling outside of business hours,
please leave a voicemail and we’ll return it as soon as possible.


On October 22, 2019 the Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance regulating the cultivation of cannabis. The new ordinance allows eligible individuals and business entities to apply for a permit to engage in commercial cultivation on parcels of 20 acres or more that are zoned U, RA, A1, AP and GF. It also allows for consideration of a conditional use permit for cultivation on parcels between 10 and 20 acres in the same zones. Indoor cultivation is also permitted in the industrial zones of M1, M2 and M4. Limited indoor cultivation is also permitted in the CP zone as a part of a cannabis retailer operation, and permitted cultivators with self-distribution licenses will be allowed to transport their own cannabis in accordance with state law.

The number of cultivation permit applications that will be accepted is limited to the number of growers who previously registered under the urgency ordinance program, had not withdrawn the registration or had it denied, and had either received a state license or had a state license application submitted and in process before being halted when the previous county-wide ban went into effect. The ability of an eligible grower to apply for a permit is transferable to another qualified applicant, as are the permits themselves. The ordinance also regulates cannabis cultivation for personal use. Manufacturing, testing, and distribution other than self-distribution is prohibited. Retailers are regulated under Chapter 17.91 of the County Code.

There are numerous development standards and requirements that must be met that are contained in the ordinance. NO CULTIVATION WILL BE PERMITTED UNTIL ALL REQUIREMENTS ARE SATISFIED, A STATE LICENSE IS ISSUED, AND THE PERMIT IS VALIDATED. Please review the ordinance carefully prior to submitting an application to understand what those requirements are.

To learn about the basics of regulatory compliance select “Ordinances” from the menu and then “Regulatory Compliance.”  To download a pre-application form and pre-application instructions select “Applications” below. Please also carefully review Chapter 17.95, the commercial cannabis ordinance that was adopted by the Board of Supervisors.

Items of Interest

Press 9 January 2020


Cannabis press releases.

CEQA 9 January 2020


View the CEQA documents relating to cannabis.

Fee Claims 9 January 2020

Fee Claims

Information on cannabis fee claims.

Frequently Asked Questions 9 January 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

Cannabis frequently asked questions and answers.

Applications 9 January 2020


View & print cannabis application forms.

Regulatory Ordinance 9 January 2020

Regulatory Ordinance

Regulatory Ordinance adopted by the Board of Supervisors on October 22, 2019.

Tip Lines

17 January 2020

Code Compliance

To request verification of your former cultivation site remediation or to report cannabis related code violations, call (209) 754-6336.

17 January 2020

Sheriff's Office

To report criminal cannabis cultivation activities call (209) 754-6870 to alert the Sheriff’s Office of such activities.


On November 26, 2019, the Board of Supervisors was served with Calaveras County Superior Court Case No. 19CV44446, a lawsuit challenging its adoption of the commercial cannabis cultivation ordinance and arguing that the County’s environmental document for this ordinance violates the California Environmental Quality Act.

The County is defending its commercial cannabis regulatory program against this challenge and encourages applicants to seek independent advice about the potential impact of this litigation on any permits issued while it is pending.