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.
- For your information, City anticipates opening another Application Period for manufacturing, distribution, cultivation, and testing laboratories in late February or early March 2020. City is also exploring the possibility of a reduced application fee for those who have previously submitted a substantially similar application with the City of Chula Vista.
- On January 15, 2019 City Council set the tax rate for cultivation at $15 per square foot of canopy and 7% of gross receipts on all other cannabis businesses.
- Notice of Initial Application Period (Notice posted 12/27/2018)
- The Initial Application Period for Storefront Retail, Non-Storefront Retail, and Cultivation licenses has closed.
- The Initial Application Period for Manufacturing, Distribution; and Testing Laboratory licenses has closed.
Cannabis License Applications
Update on Phase I Application Process (November 8, 2019)
City is nearing completion of the Phase I application process. City previously published final scoring information for all cannabis license applicants from its third-party consultant, HdL Companies (“HdL”). The score spreadsheets provided by HdL can be found below. City also previously estimated that the secondary background investigations portion of all 135 applications (both restricted and non-restricted license types) would be completed in mid-October.
As of November 8, 2018, significant progress has been made on secondary background investigations; however, they are not yet complete. As of this date, approximately 67 percent of retail license background investigations and 57 percent of all other license type background investigations are complete. Because secondary background investigations are not yet complete, applicants may still be disqualified despite their application and interview scores. Once the secondary background investigations are complete and all Phase I applications have undergone final assessment, applicants will receive a Notice of Decision letter informing them whether their application has been rejected or whether they have been tentatively approved to proceed to Phase II.
At this time, no Phase I applicants have been rejected and none have proceeded to Phase II. Applicants receiving Notice of Decision letters will be informed of the right to appeal to the City Manager in accordance with Chula Vista Municipal Code section 5.19.050.A.6. Please note that there is no right to appeal to the City Manager prior to receiving a Notice of Decision.
We appreciate your continued patience and your participation in City’s process.
Update on Phase 1 Application Process (August 27, 2019)
The City of Chula Vista has received final scoring information for all cannabis retail license applicants from its third-party consultant, HdL Companies (HdL). The scores provided by HdL consist of an application score (total possible score of 500) and, for those applicants who were interviewed, an interview score (total possible score of 500). Please be aware that secondary background investigations of applicants are not yet complete. As a result, applicants may still be disqualified despite their application and interview scores.The following information was distributed to all applicants on August 27, 2019
Letter to Cannabis Appplicant
HdL Application Review Scores
HdL Interview Scores
HdL Combined Application & Interview Scores
HdL Application Review Scores with Categories by District
The Cannabis License application process is detailed in the City’s Municipal Code and Cannabis Regulations
. During the City’s Initial Application Period, the City received 136 applications for cannabis licenses. These applications soon will be submitted to HdL Companies for assessment. Based on HdL Companies’ assessment, results of Chula Vista Police Department background investigations, and a final review, selected applicants will be invited to continue with Phase 2 of the application process. The City anticipates receiving assessed Phase 1 applications from HdL Companies by June 2019 and then, upon completion of background investigations and a final Phase 1 review, begin Phase 2 of the application process soon thereafter.
Information about the applications received in Phase 1 can be found here. The information provided reflects that which has been submitted to the City. Although staff have attempted to provide the most accurate information possible, the accuracy of the information is not guaranteed. Additionally, please be aware that applicants have not been assessed or deemed qualified and proposed premise locations have not been vetted or approved. The City reserves the right to reject or approve any and all applications based on the standards set forth in applicable law and regulations, or otherwise in its sole discretion, taking into account the health, safety and welfare of the community, and in accordance with its general police powers authority.
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.