Commercial Cannabis Permit Program

Current Update:

The City is currently not accepting new cannabis applications at this time.  The Planning Division is currently in the process of updating the regulatory and land use ordinances related to cannabis and once that update is complete, new applications will be accepted.  Please check this webpage in the future for project and status updates.

Recent Meetings:

There are no meetings scheduled at this time. 

Upcoming meetings

Meeting agendas with Zoom login information and staff reports are available the Friday before the meetings on the City website at https://hayward.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx

  • Tuesday, July 6, 7PM: City Council (1st reading)
  • Tuesday, July 22, 7PM: City Council (2nd Reding)

Background of Commercial Cannabis Permit Process

Article 14 of Chapter 6 of the Hayward Municipal Code charges the City Manager with establishing a process for evaluating and selecting cannabis businesses to operate within the City limits. The City is using a Request for Proposals (RFP) to serve as the mechanism for the City to ensure the selection of the most qualified cannabis businesses.   

At this time, the City will allow the following types of cannabis businesses:  

  • Commercial Cannabis Cultivation
  • Commercial Cannabis Distribution
  • Commercial Cannabis Manufacturing
  • Commercial Cannabis Retail Dispensary (Limited to three establishments citywide)
  • Commercial Cannabis Delivery
  • Commercial Cannabis Microbusiness (Type 12)
  • Cannabis Testing Laboratory

Every commercial cannabis must secure a Commercial Cannabis Permit prior to securing the appropriate land use entitlements. 

Applicants may apply for permits for one or more business types (listed above) but must provide separate and complete applications for each desired permit type.  Applicants who currently hold—or are applying for—Cannabis Testing Laboratory permits may not hold any other commercial cannabis permits.  

Overview of RFP and Selection Process

The application and selection process for commercial cannabis businesses in the City of Hayward involves the following steps:  

  1. Background Check 
  2. Submit Attestation Form, Application, and Fees for Commercial Cannabis Permits
  3. Evaluation and Scoring of Applications 
  4. Applicant Interviews and Selection
  5. Issuance of Commercial Cannabis Permits & Timely Launch of Operations 

Due to more stringent regulations, applicants for Testing Facilities must submit a separate type of RFP, which allows for a more expedited review.

Upcoming Rounds:

The City is currently not accepting new cannabis applications at this time.  The Planning Division is currently in the process of updating the regulatory and land use ordinances related to cannabis and once that update is complete, new applications will be accepted.  Please check this webpage in the future for project and status updates.

All information pertaining to the Commercial Cannabis Permit program, future rounds, and the City’s land-use regulations can be found on the City’s website at www.hayward-ca.gov/cannabis. Due to limited staff resources, please review all information on the website prior to contacting the City with any questions regarding cannabis businesses in the City.

Previous Rounds:

Information regarding previous Commercial Cannabis Permit rounds can be found at the links below. 

Related Documents

Dec. 8, 2020 City Council Work Session: Commercial Cannabis Program Work Session: Review and Provide Feedback on Recommended Process and Policy Updates to the City’s Commercial Cannabis Program

Staff Contact:

Jeremy Lochirco, Acting Planning Manager
Development Services Department, Planning Division