Cannabis Facilities


Information regarding the Cannabis Business Tax can be found here.

Annual Application Period for 2022 is Closed.

Annual Application Period for 2023 will open in the fall. Actual dates are still to be determined.

The City will only be accepting Manufacturing, Distribution, and Testing Lab applications. No other uses will be accepted at this time. Applications will be accepted by appointment only.


Cannabis Phone Line: (760) 435-3544.

Cannabis email:


Before You Apply:

  • Read City Code Chapter 7, Article XIII.
  • Review the information on this site to learn about the application process and which documents you will need.
  • Review State laws governing cannabis facilities.
  • Obtain a Zoning Verification Letter – required for application package; see below.
  • Prepare a background check authorization form– required for application package


Application Procedure and Form:

A complete Application Package along with payment by money order, cashier's check, or certified check, should be turned in to the Development Services Counter. For an appointment call (760) 435-3544.

Required Forms:


Zoning Verification Letter:

All applicants are required to obtain a Zoning Verification Letter in order to ensure that the location proposal the applicant is applying for meets locational requirements prior to submitting their cannabis facility application.  The review process typically takes ten to fifteen (10-15) working days and will cost $221. Applications can be obtained on this website and should be returned to Development Services Department Planning Division at City Hall, located at 300 North Coast Highway in Oceanside, California.

Live Scan Process:

All Live Scan fingerprinting MUST be conducted at the Oceanside Police Department. All future applicants will be required to submit proof of Live Scan along with application materials.  Proof may consist of a payment receipt or other documentation from the Oceanside Police Department.  Applicants MUST inform the Police Department that Live Scan is for application of a Commercial Cannabis Local License application.


Potentially Eligible Sites:

Potentially eligible sites for obtaining a regulatory permit to operate a cannabis facility may be found utilizing the City’s Zoning Portal at

Cannabis Potential Zones Map

To determine the commercial medical cannabis facility allowable zones please utilize the links below to view the appropriate Zoning Ordinance Article:

Article 4 Use Classifications

Article 13 I Industrial Districts


Article 36 Separation of Regulated Uses


Local License Renewal Information:

The City is now accepting local license renewal applications for facilities that were granted a local license.  Please contact for instructions on how to submit renewal applications. 

The City of Oceanside will not accept payments in cash or credit card.  Payments must be made by Certified Check, Cashier's Check or Money Order made payable to City of Oceanside. 



California's 10-Steps to Start a Cannabis Business

California Cannabis Portal

California Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation

California Department of Health – Division of Food, Drug, and Cannabis Safety

California Department of Food and Agriculture – Cannabis Cultivation Licensing Regulations

Industrial Hemp

San Diego County Industrial Hemp Program