Community Development Services


ATTENTION – Check Here for Updates Regarding New Commercial Cannabis License Applications:


We are currently not accepting new Commercial Cannabis Cultivation License applications (with the exception of the remaining Type 3 Medium Cultivation applications submitted by current 2016/2017 licensees under the provision of Trinity County Code Section 17.43.040). Staff is working to develop a procedure for accepting new applications that is both conducive to maintaining a safe environment to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure that everyone who would like to submit an application has a fair and equitable opportunity to apply. (Updated July 16, 2020)


New Applicant Application/Checklist:

Department Policy Changes as of June 9, 2020 (subject to change at anytime)

Business Hours:
8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday (Fridays only by appointment)

Our office will be open to the public on a limited basis starting Wednesday, June 10th:

  • Appointments are highly recommended during this time;    
  • Site inspections have resumed with social distancing requirements being met at all times; and
  • Payments by check or credit card are preferred.

Please see the June 9, 2020 Memorandum for more information.

General Email:

Cannabis Policy Memos

 2020 CCL Inspections 

Building Permits Associated with Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Licenses

Payment Policy:

The Cannabis Division accepts personal checks, cashier's checks, money orders, and credit cards as payment. Cash payments must be paid to the Treasurer’s office by appointment only and between the hours of 9am to 12pm.

Staff Contacts:

Kim Hunter, Director of Building and Planning

Mary Beth Brinkley, Administrative Coordinator

Mary Lancaster, Administrative Clerk

Jeff Dickey, Lead Code Compliance Specialist

Jeff Maze, Code Compliance Specialist

Daniel Marvel, Code Compliance Specialist

Notices of Applications for Categorically Exempt Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Licenses

Notices of Applications for Provisional Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Licenses

May 2020 Commercial Cannabis License Status

Cannabis Ordinances

Resolution No. 2016-077 Adopting Four Principles on Local Regulations of Cannabis


Ordinance No.315-843 Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Amendment (adopted 2/20/2019)


Ordinance No. 315-824 Cannabis Testing Facilities Regulations (adopted 10/3/17)


Ordinance No. 315-826 Wholesale Cannabis Nurseries and Resale of Auxiliary Nursery Products  (adopted 12/4/17)

Ordinance No. 315-827 Amendment- Wholesale Cannabis Nurseries Ordinance - Regarding Variances (adopted 1/3/17)

Ordinance No. 315-833 Amendment- Wholesale Cannabis Nurseries Ordinance (adopted 6/19/2018)


Ordinance No. 315-828 Cannabis Distribution (adopted 1/17/18)

Ordinance No. 315-834 Cannabis Distribution Amendment (adopted 6/19/2018)


Ordinance No. 315-835 Non-Storefront Retail (adopted June 19, 2018)


Ordinance No. 315-837 (adopted August 7, 2018)


Ordinance No. 315-842 (adopted December 4, 2018)

Commercial Cannabis Application Forms

Commercial Cannabis Conditional Use Permit/Variance Application (updated January 23, 2019)[pdf]

Director's Use Permit - Commercial Cannabis Variance Renewal (updated January 29, 2019)[pdf]


Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Renewal Application [pdf]

Commercial Cannabis Cultivation New Applicant Application [pdf]

Cultivation Medium Outdoor (Type III) License Availability – Updated 12/20/19

The Trinity County Code Section 17.43(4)(b)(2) allows fifteen (15) Type III licenses that are available to current Commercial Cannabis Cultivation licensees.  To be eligible, the Type III applicant must: 1) be applying to cultivate on a property of 50 acres or more; and 2) Apply for and obtain a Conditional Use Permit.  Priority is given to those that hold a valid 2016/2017 Trinity County Commercial Cannabis Cultivation License (CCL) license and who submit completed application by a date determined by the Planning Director. 

Currently, the Planning Department Cannabis Division has confirmed interest from the first 15 eligible 2016/2017 CCL holders.  At this time all 15 available licensees are reserved.  However, please check back for updates on this process.  


2018/2019 Commercial Distributor Application (updated February 21, 2018)[pdf]


2019 Non-Storefront Retail Application (updated March 3, 2019)[pdf]


2018/2019 Commercial Cannabis Manfuacturing Application (updated October 18, 2018)[pdf]


2018/2019 Commercial Cannabis Microbusiness Application (updated November 6, 2018)[pdf]


 Cannabis Fee Schedule
Class Type  Application Fee  General Plan Update Fee
Cultivation Specialty Outdoor and Mixed Light $3,000.00 $1,000.00
Cultivation Specialty Cottage Outdoor $750.00 $250.00
Cultivation Specialty Cottage Mixed Light $1,500.00 $250.00
Cultivation Specialty Cottage Indoor 2,000.00 $250.00
Cultivation Small Outdoor and Mixed Light $5,000.00 $1,000.00
Cultivation Medium Outdoor (candidates only) $8,000.00  $1,000.00
Cultivation Self Transport No Fee No Fee
Distribution Type 11 (Distributor) $6,000.00 $1,000.00
Distibution Type 13 (Transport Only) $2,000.00 No Fee
Manufacturing Type 6  $5,000.00 $1,000.00
Manufacturing Type 7 $6,000.00 $1,000.00
Manufacturing Type N $2,000.00 $500.00
Manufacturing Type P $2,000.00 $500.00
Manufacturing Type S (not currently available)

$2,000 for non cultivators

No fee for culivators

No Fee
Microbusiness Specialty Cottage $2,500.00 $750.00
Microbusiness Specialty  $6,000 $1,000
Microbusiness Small $8,000 $1,000
Nursery License $2,500 $1,000
Testing License

Intial Fee: $2 per square foot

Renewal Fee: $1,000

$1,000 for both initial and renewal
Cannabis Variance Fee $751.00 No Fee
Conditional Use Permit $2,439.001 No Fee


1 - Ask staff for a fee estimate prior to writing a check/submitting formal payment. This is the base value associated with CUP applications and the total fee cost is project specific. 

Additional Forms

Business Disclosure Form [pdf]

Applicant Release Form [pdf] Updated May 21, 2018

Owner Permission Sheet [pdf] Updated May 21, 2018

State Waterboard Receipt Example [pdf]

Cannabis Waste Management Plan Requirements [pdf]

Well Rate Recovery Testing Form [pdf]

Hoop House Guidance [pdf] Updated 5/30/2018

What is NOT considered a hoop house [pdf] Updated 5/30/2018

Minimum Dwelling Unit [pdf]

Consultant List [pdf] updated 1/6/2020


California Department of Fish and Wildlife Related Documents

Guidance from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for Compliance with Fish and Game Code 1602 (updated December 1, 2017) [pdf]

California Department of Fish & Wildlife Notification of Lake or Streambed Alteration Webpage


California State Waterboard Related Documents

California Water Board Cannabis Cultivation Webpage

State Water Resources Control Board Statement of Water Diversion and Use Application [pdf]

Opt Out Area Maps

Weaverville CSD - North (Weaverville)
Weaverville CSD - South (Weaverville & Douglas City)
Lewiston CSD and Bucktail Subdivision
Trinity Center Community Services District and Coffee Creek Volunteer Fire District Maps

Less Than 3-Acre Conversions

Ordinance 315-815.EXT   Prohibiting Three-Acre Conversions [pdf]
Less Than 3-Acre Conversions Affidavit  [pdf]