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County of Santa Cruz
Cannabis Licensing Office
701 Ocean Street, Room 520
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Beginning March 18, 2020, the County's public Cannabis Licensing Office counter services will be offered through alternate means until further notice. Services will continue through electronic methods and by appointment.

Surprise inspections are also halted until further notice and will be conducted by appointment only. All site inspection will be limited to outdoor, hoop house and greenhouse cultivation operations. Inspections shall only be completed with a single designated point of contact, contact with additional site employees should be restricted to the maximum extent possible.

All visitors to the Cannabis Licensing Office are encouraged to email inquiries and requests for appointments to:

You may also call 831.454.3426 for time sensitive requests.


To regulate cannabis businesses in the County of Santa Cruz, the County has taken the following actions:

Adopted a Dispensary ordinance, County Code 7.130 for licensing medical cannabis dispensaries. There are 12 dispensaries currently licensed. No new dispensaries are being licensed at this time. For more information click here.

On May 8th, the County Board of Supervisors adopted final ordinances to regulate non-retail commercial cannabis businesses involving cultivation, manufacture and distribution. Regulations may be reviewed HERE. The application process may be reviewed HERE