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, 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  

The City will begin accepting applications for commercial cannabis businesses at 8:00 a.m. on December 4, 2017. All interested parties shall provide a completed CUP and shall submit all supplemental requirements at time of CUP submittal. A list of supplemental requirements and the selection criteria for application review will be provided on this webpage before November 1, 2017.

For more information regarding current or future regulations in Palm Desert, please contact Palm Desert Principal Planner Eric Ceja at (760) 346-0611 or eceja@cityofpalmdesert.org.