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Payment Instructions for All Fees

Please make checks, money orders, or cashier’s checks payable to the City of Oakland and pay in person at our office. Credit cards and cash are not accepted. 

Regulatory Reminder

Cannabis business applicants are subject to all local, state, and federal laws and regulations. Accordingly, cannabis permit applicants are not entitled to operate simply because they have submitted a cannabis permit application, particularly in situations that the City of Oakland Fire Department or Department of Planning and Building deem unsafe.

Permit Process Step-by-Step


Complete the LiveScan check and retain copy of results for application submission

All applicant board members, partners and managers must complete a LiveScan background checkwith a licensed LiveScan service provider. 


Complete Cannabis Permit Application 

Equity applicant eligibility is based on proof of current Oakland residency, income, and either past residency or a cannabis-related arrest.  Equity applicants can find the police beat they reside in on the Police Beat Locator. They can also determine if their annual income is at or less than the required 80 percent of the 2016 Oakland Average Medium Income (AMI) thresholds:

  • $56,300 for a one-person household 
  • $64,350 for a two-person household 
  • $72,400 for a three-person household
  • $80,400 for a four-person household
  • $86,850 for a five-person household
  • $93,300 for a six-person household
  • $99,700 for a seven-person household
  • $106,150 for an eight-person household

 Indoor cultivators must submit a Statement of Energy Performance


Submit completed permit application and LiveScan form and pay City processing fees

Please scan and combine pdfs of the applications and related documentation into one pdf  and submitted online at See payment instructions above for LivesScan ($32) and permit application ($2,474) fees.

Please note: Equity applicants pay the LiveScan fee only. Their permit application fee is waived.


Applicant receives Inspection Card from City for an identified site.

Applicant follows instructions on card to obtain approvals from City departments and other entities for a facility located in a permitted zone.

Please note: Failure to obtain approvals within one year of the application's submission shall result in an automatic expiration of the application.


Applicant submits completed Inspection Card in person to the City Administrator's Office (see Contact Us).

Contact Us


The City Administrator’s Office   1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 1st Floor, Oakland, CA  94612


Phone Numbers

(510) 238-3294 


Monday-Thursday, 9:30 am-12 pm and 1:00-3:30 pm