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Cannabis Business Program


In March, 2017, the City of Pacifica began the extensive process of creating regulations for the operation of cannabis businesses in Pacifica.  This process involved the work of City staff, the Planning Commission, and the City Council.  On July 10, 2017, the Pacifica City Council adopted ordinances requiring cannabis businesses to obtain a Cannabis Public Safety License and a Cannabis Use Permit to lawfully operate in the City of Pacifica. The application process and timeline for each portion of the application processes are indicated below. Links to the required application forms are located within the appropriate Phase.

Prospective Retail  applicants should read The Retail Cannabis Activity Permit (CAP) Guidelines before starting Phase 1.


Manufacturing and testing applicants may proceed with the permitting process as described below.


Phase 1:  Background Check

  • $425 initial filing fee due to Police Department
  • $300 Background Consultant fee due to Third Party Administrator 
  • Submit Cannabis Public Safety License Application to Police Department
  • Complete Live-Scan at Police Department or Commercial Live-Scan Provider

Contact info for Phase 1 is police@pacificapolice.org or 650-738-7314

 Phase 2: Security Plan Application (after successful background check)
  • $750 Security Plan review fee to Police Department (fee for each location)
  • Submit one Security Plan for each proposed business site to Police Department (each applicant must prepare a Security Plan for each site). 
  • Security plans must satisfy the conditions of PMC § 4-16.03(c)(1)
  • Retail Applicants - review The Retail Cannabis Activity Permit (CAP) Guidelines
Contact info for Phase 2 is police@pacificapolice.org or 650-738-7314

Phase 3: Planning Department Application (may be submitted concurrently with Phase 2)                  

Contact info for Phase 3 is pacificaplanningdept@ci.pacifica.ca.us at 650-738-7341

 Phase 4: Police Chief Issues Cannabis Public Safety License
  • Police Chief verifies continued compliance with Phase 1 & Phase 2 Requirements, and confirms Cannabis Use Permit issuance
  • Police Chief issues Cannabis Public Safety License
  • Cannabis Operation must obtain State License before commencing operation

Contact info for Phase 4 is police@pacificapolice.org or 650-738-7314




 Overlay District  Business Owner CAP  Business Address Detail
 CO-F  N/A  N/A N/A  N/A 
 CO-LM  N/A  N/A  N/A N/A 
 CO-PP  N/A  N/A  N/A N/A 
 CO-RB Thomas Rodriguez
Rockaway Enterprises, LLC
 CAP-10-18 450 Old County Road  Permit issued and CRO is operating with adult and medicinal use.

Eric Kirkland, Philip Cancila,
Blaed Gerhart, Handel Carter

Greenhaven, LLC
 CAP-3-18 403 Dondee Way Permit issued for adult and medicinal use. CRO is not yet operating.  Building permit ready to be issued. CAP expires 2/27/22.
 CO-RB Ana Leano-Williams
Seaweed Holistics
 CAP-8-18 450 Dondee Way,
Suite #2
Permit issued and CRO is operating with adult and medicinal use.
 CO-SP Bret Chapman, Cheryl King
Lytt, LLC
 CAP-1-18  2110 Palmetto Avenue Permit issued and CRO is operating with adult and medicinal use.
 CO-SP Jesus Sahagun, Katrina Aure,
Kevin Cruz, Stanley Wen
Phog Center, LLC
 CAP-4-18  2270 Palmetto Avenue Permit issued and CRO is operating with adult use and medicinal use.
 CO-SP  Adam Zollinger  CAP-11-18  1726 Palmetto Avenue

Permit issued and CRO is operating with adult use and medicinal use.

CO-F - Fairmont Cannabis Overlay District, CO-PP - Park Pacifica Overlay District, CO-RB - Rockaway Beach Overlay District, CO-LM - Linda Mar Overlay District, CO-SP - Sharp Park Overlay District


Denial of a Public Safety License or Cannabis Use Permit is appealable to the Pacifica City Council.

All potential applicants are urged to review Pacifica Municipal Code 4-16.01, for further requirements bearing on the application process. The absence of any required component in the application, or the failure to meet any requirement, shall be grounds for rejection of the application. Fees are non-refundable.

Please note that it shall be the responsibility of the applicant to continue to check the City’s website for any updated information regarding the application process.

Cannabis Public Safety License Application

Cannabis Public Safety License Municipal Code

Cannabis Use Permit Application - Phase 3

The Retail Cannabis Activity Permit (CAP) Municipal Code

Cannabis Zoning Ordinance/Cannabis Use Permit

Cannabis Overlay Districts (Permissible Cannabis Retail Operation Locations)

Links to other relevant information:

 Business Licensing Information 

City of Pacifica Cannabis Operation Tax Municipal Code 

State of California Bureau of Cannabis Control

Additional questions or concerns? Contact us at cmoffice@ci.pacifica.ca.us or 650-738-7300.