Commercial Cannabis Permits

City Application Process – Commercial Cannabis Permits

Measure L was approved by the voters of the City of Jurupa Valley on November 6, 2018 and adopted as Ordinance No. 2018-14, adding Chapter 11.45, Exempted Commercial Cannabis Activity, and Chapter 4.05, Cannabis Tax, to the Jurupa Valley Municipal Code.

The following is a brief summary and frequently asked questions about the application process.  All prospective applicants must carefully review the provisions of Ordinance No. 2018-14.

The City Clerk’s Office will issue commercial cannabis permits for businesses engaging in commercial cannabis activity within the City of Jurupa Valley pursuant to Ordinance No.  2018-14.

Prior to commencement of commercial cannabis activity, but not prior to the City Clerk processing an application for exempted commercial cannabis activity status and/or issuing a notice of completion of the same, an exemption holder shall apply for and obtain all necessary state commercial cannabis licenses, City permits, City licenses, City certificates, and/or City approvals that are ordinarily required to be obtained prior to engaging in a lawful, permitted use at the location of the exemption holder’s exempted lot.

The City Clerk’s Office will begin to issue applications to applicants according to the following schedule:

Priority Applications – The City Clerk will accept Priority Applications from Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 8:00 AM until Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 5:00 PM

January 22, 2019 - City Clerk staff will accept and process applications for “Priority Applicants” as described in Section 11.45.040 of the Jurupa Valley Municipal Code (Ordinance No. 2018-14).  Click here for a current list of commercial cannabis permits.

No applicant shall submit more than one priority application. 

Non-Priority Applications – The City Clerk will accept Non-Priority Applications beginning Monday, April 1, 2019 at 8:00 AM

April 1, 2019 – City Clerk staff will accept and process applications for Commercial Cannabis Activity for “Non-Priority Applicants” as described iin Section 11.45.050 of the Jurupa Valley Municipal Code (Ordinance No. 2018-14). 

For additional information regarding the City’s application and licensing process, each potential applicant must review Chapter 11.45 of the Jurupa Valley Municipal Code (Ordinance No. 2018-14).

How many commercial cannabis businesses will be allowed in the City of Jurupa Valley?

In order to avoid excessive concentration of commercial cannabis activity in the City, no exempted lot shall be located within a 1,000-foot radius of three (3) or more exempted lots. The distance specified in this paragraph shall be the horizontal distance measured in a straight line from the property line of the lot on which a proposed exempted premises is to be located to the closest property line of each of the three (3) nearest lots on which exempted premises are located, without regard to intervening structures.

Exempted commercial cannabis activity shall only be conducted upon an exempted lot that is located in one or more of the following zone districts of the City: C-1/C-P (General Commercial); M-SC (Manufacturing - Service Commercial); B-P (Business Park); or R-VC (Rubidoux-Village Commercial).

Type 3 (retail sales) shall be the only exemption type allowed in the C-1/C-P (General Commercial) and R-VC (Rubidoux-Village Commercial) zone districts of the City.

As set forth in Jurupa Valley Municipal Code Section 11.45.030 (e), the number of exempted retail sales premises within the City shall be limited to one (1) per fifteen thousand (15,000) City residents.

This number shall increase with each additional fifteen thousand City residents, such that for thirty thousand (30,000) City residents the number of exempted retail sales premises would be limited to two (2), for forty-five thousand (45,000) City residents the number would be limited to three (3) exempted retail sales premises, and so on.

The population figures to be used shall be those most recently estimated and officially published by the California Department of Finance for cities, counties and the state.

According to the current population, the maximum number of exempted retail sales premises that will be permitted in the City of Jurupa Valley is seven (7).

Information on Priority Processing

The application filing period for Priority Processing will end on February 6, 2019 at 12:00 AM.  Any priority application with a proposed exemption type of Type 3 (retail sales) that is processed after the maximum number of exempted retail sales premises has been reached, as set forth in Subsection (e) of Section 11.45.030 of this Chapter, shall be deemed incomplete.

Any priority application processed after the maximum number of exempted lots allowed within a 1,000-foot radius of the applicant's proposed lot has been reached, as set forth in Subsection (d) of Section 11.45.030 of this Chapter, shall be deemed incomplete.

Any priority application with a proposed exempted premises located in the C-1/C-P (General Commercial) or the R-VC (Rubidoux-Village Commercial) zone classifications of the City, and that also indicates a proposed exemption type other than Type 3 (retail sales), as set forth in Subsection (m) of Section 11.45.1030 of this Chapter, shall be deemed incomplete.

Any priority application with a proposed exempted premises not located within the C-1/C-P (General Commercial), M-SC (Manufacturing- Service Commercial), B-P (Business Park), or R-VC (Rubidoux-Village Commercial) zone classifications of the City, as set forth in Subsection (1) of Section 11.45.1030 of this Chapter, shall be deemed incomplete. Click here for a link to the City’s Zoning Map. 

Any priority application submitted by an applicant which does not fully comply with the requirements set forth in this Section shall be deemed incomplete.

What is Priority Processing?

Priority Processing means an application filed by an applicant as provided by Measure L, adopted by the voters of the City of Jurupa Valley on November 6, 2018 and City of Jurupa Valley Municipal Code Section 11.45.040.

Why is the City prioritizing the processing of applications for commercial cannabis activity?

According to Measure L: “The City’s designated permitting agency shall give priority in processing applications to those applicants that can demonstrate that they filed an “initial-not amended or restated-Statement by Unincorporated Association, that specifically contains the following language: "commercial cannabis" or "commercial marijuana," which contained those exact words at the time such Statement by Unincorporated Association was filed with the California Secretary of State, and that was file-stamped by the California Secretary of State on or before the date of September 1, 2016.”

How do I apply for Non-Priority Processing?

As set forth in Section 11.45.050 of the Jurupa Valley Municipal Code, one hundred (100) calendar days following the date of enactment of this Chapter, the City Clerk shall begin accepting non-priority applications. The City Clerk shall ensure that each non-priority application is date and time-stamped, and processed in the order in which it was received.

Any non-priority application with a proposed exemption type of Type 3 (retail sales) that is processed after the maximum number of exempted retail sales premises has been reached, as set forth in Subsection (e) of Section 11.45.030 of the Jurupa Valley Municipal Code, shall be deemed incomplete.

Any non-priority application processed after the maximum number of exempted lots allowed within a 1,000-foot radius of the applicant's proposed lot has been reached, as set forth in Subsection (d) of Section 11.45.030 of the Jurupa Valley Municipal Code, shall be deemed incomplete.

Any non-priority application with a proposed exempted premises located in the C-1/C-P (General Commercial) or the R-VC (Rubidoux-Village Commercial) zone classifications of the City, and that also indicates a proposed exemption type other than Type 3 (retail sales), as set forth in Subsection (m) of Section 11.45.030 of the Jurupa Valley Municipal Code, shall be deemed incomplete.

Any non-priority application with a proposed exempted premises not located within the C-1/C-P (General Commercial), M-SC (Manufacturing- Service Commercial), B-P (Business Park), or R-VC (Rubidoux-Village Commercial) zone classifications of the City, as set forth in Subsection (l) of Section 11.45.030 of the Jurupa Valley Municipal Code, shall be deemed incomplete.  Click here for a link to the City’s Zoning Map. 

How long will it take to process an Application?

The City Clerk will determine if the priority application OR non-priority application is complete through an initial 10-day review period.

Is there a Fee for Processing a Commercial Cannabis Permit? 

Pursuant to Resolution No. 2018-76, the fee for a Commercial Cannabis Permit is $2,500.00.

You may download the Commercial Cannabis Permit Application here.


For further information please contact the City Clerk’s Office
8930 Limonite Avenue
Jurupa Valley, Ca 92509
(951) 332-6464
CityClerk@jurupavalley.org