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Commercial Cannabis

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The City of Chula Vista has adopted local laws which authorize licensed cannabis retail, manufacturing, testing, distribution, and cultivation businesses to operate in Chula Vista.


    An Application Period for Cannabis Cultivation, Manufacturing, Distribution, and Testing Laboratory Licenses ran from 12:00 am on May 26, 2020 to 11:59 pm on June 23, 2020. Applications for storefront and non-storefront retail licenses were not accepted during this Application Period. Updated June 25, 2020

Documents and Links

  1. Commercial Cannabis Storefront Retailer Location Objection Form
  2. NOD Appeal Instructions
  3. Request to Appeal NOD - Updated April 15, 2020
  4. Appeal in Writing Only Evidence and Argument
  5. Commercial Cannabis Ordinance - updated November 27, 2018
  6. Commercial Cannabis Regulations - amended and effective as of May 12, 2020
  7. Additional Cannabis Ordinance and Enforcement information
  8. Map Gallery
  9. Zoning Map
  10. Municipal Code with Zoning Definitions

Note: The City’s Commercial Cannabis laws and regulations are subject to amendment at any time. Applicants and Licensees are responsible for complying with all requirements as they become effective.

2020 Application Period – Cultivation, Manufacturing, Distribution, and Testing Labs (NOW CLOSED)
2019 Application Period – All Cannabis Business Licenses (NOW CLOSED)

Local Cannabis Taxes

Chula Vista voters approved Measure Q on November 6, 2018. Measure Q imposes a cannabis business tax of $15 per square foot of canopy on cannabis cultivators and 7% of gross receipts on all other cannabis businesses.

Background Information

Learn more about background information, studies and publications.

Requests for Additional Information

City staff will not be answering in person, telephone, or email questions at this time. If, after reviewing all resources provided on this page, you have additional questions, please submit your question(s) here. Please be aware that the City may or may not provide additional information in response to submitted questions. In the event that additional information is provided, such information will be posted in the FAQ section above.

Fingerprint and Background Check (CVMC 5.19.050.A.1.i) for each owners, officers, and managers

NOTE: Completed Live Scan. Owners, Managers and Officers must make and complete a Live Scan appointment within 30 days of application submission using the form here. The Chula Vista Cannabis License Live Scan form contains a "Your Number" field. You must provide your application submission ID number (which will be provided upon application submission) in the "Your Number" field. Live Scans must be completed at an authorized California Live Scan vendor. For information about out-of-state fingerprint processing, please contact the Chula Vista Police Department Special Investigations Unit at (619) 409-5059.

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Please register below to receive updates on Commercial Cannabis information. The City endeavors to provide timely information to those registered to receive emails regarding Commercial Cannabis updates. However, it is the responsibility of applicants and interested parties to be aware of deadlines, regulations, ordinance requirements, and City Council agenda items related to Commercial Cannabis that are posted on the City’s website.


Note: The FAQs are intended for informational and discussion purposes only; the information provided therein does not modify Chula Vista laws or regulations. In the event of a conflict between the FAQ information and existing laws or regulations, the laws and regulations shall govern.


  • Can you have separate cannabis premises on the same parcel?
  • Are you intending on releasing a form for the notarized labor peace agreement statement or should applicants create their own labor peace agreement statements for notarization?
  • Can you clarify what is being considered in Phase One before an applicant is moved on to Phase Two?
  • Can you have separate cannabis premises on the same parcel?
  • Can you have the same premise with two separate businesses?
  • Can you have the same premise with two separate businesses?
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