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Cannabis Ordinance

On October 12, 2017, the City Council of the City of Palm Desert adopted comprehensive regulations for commercial cannabis businesses. These regulations establish permit requirements, operational standards, and separation and zoning criteria, for any commercial cannabis business operating in the City.

All commercial cannabis businesses, including: retail/dispensary, manufacturing, cultivation, delivery, distribution, and testing and research, are required to obtain approval of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) from the City’s Planning Commission, a Cannabis Regulatory Permit issued by the City's Community Development Department, and obtain a State issued License from the Bureau of Cannabis Control prior to operating in the City of Palm Desert.

Information related to cannabis regulations can be found by clicking on the links below or by accessing the City’s Municipal Code:

  1. Chapter 25.34.120 – Commercial Cannabis Business and Personal Cultivation
  2. Chapter 25.16 – Commercial and Industrial Districts
  3. Chapter 25.18.040 – Use Matrix for Downtown Districts
  4. Chapter 5.101 – Commercial Cannabis Business Regulatory Permits
  5. Chapter 8.38 – Personal Use of Cannabis  

*** Cannabis Applications ***

Applications for retail/dispensaries, cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, or delivery businesses are no longer being accepted. 

Applications for testing and research facilities are still being accepting and interested parties should contact the Community Development Department regarding the application process.

For more information regarding current regulations or the cannabis application process in Palm Desert, please contact Palm Desert Principal Planner Eric Ceja at (760) 346-0611 or