Sutter County

Regulations for Cannabis Related Commercial Activity

County Description

Sutter County is a county in the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 census, the population was 94,737. The county seat is Yuba City. Sutter County is included in the Yuba City, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Sacramento-Roseville, CA Combined Statistical Area. The county is located along the Sacramento River in the Sacramento Valley.

Political Statistics

County Board of Supervisors

State Senate

CA State Senate (District 4)
Senator Jim Nielsen -REP

State Assembly

CA State Assembly (District 3)
Assembly Member James Gallagher -REP

US Congress

U.S. Congress – House of Representatives- (3rd District)
Senator John Garamendi – DEM

US Senators

U.S. Senators –State of California
Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein



On March 22, 2016, the Sutter County Board of Supervisors adopted urgency Ordinance No. 1618 regulating the cultivation of marijuana in Sutter County. This ordinance is located in Chapter 410 of the County’s Ordinance Code. This ordinance regulates the indoor and outdoor cultivation of marijuana and requires everyone in the unincorporated County to annually register a cultivation prior to growing marijuana.

A few of the key requirements of this ordinance are:

  • The outdoor cultivation of marijuana is not permitted
  • Cultivation of marijuana within 1000 feet of a school, school evacuation site, church, park, county-licensed child care center, or a youth-oriented facility is not permitted
  • Cultivation of marijuana inside residences and on vacant lots (i.e. premises without a permitted residential use) is not permitted
  • The indoor cultivation of marijuana is limited to no more than eighty (80) square feet
  • The structure must be detached and meet all building code requirements unless it is a pre-fabricated greenhouse which is no larger than 80 square feet and meets the requirements of the ordinance
  • Prior to cultivation, an annual registration must be obtained from the Development Services Department and the site must be inspected for compliance with the ordinance.



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Project #05-015 Ord. # 1410 January 3, 2006 Prohibition of medical marijuana dispensaries

1500-8033 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

  • No zoning designation within Sutter County allows for the establishment or operation of such a facility.

1500-9868D “Medical Marijuana Dispensary”

Any facility or location where medical marijuana is made available to and/or distributed by or to three or more of the following: a primary caregiver, a qualified patient, or a person with an identification card, in strict accordance with California Health and Safety Code Section 11362.5 et seq.

  • A “medical marijuana dispensary” shall not include the following uses, as long as the location of such uses are otherwise regulated by this Code or applicable law: a clinic licensed pursuant to Chapter 1 of Division 2 of the Health and Safety Code, a health care facility licensed pursuant to Chapter 2 of Division 2 of the Health and Safety Code, a residential care facility for persons with chronic life-threatening illness licensed pursuant to Chapter 3.01 of Division 2 of the Health and Safety Code, a residential care facility for the elderly licensed pursuant to Chapter 3.2 of Division 2 of the Health and Safety Code, a residential hospice, or a home health agency licensed pursuant to Chapter 8 of Division 2 of the Health and Safety Code, as long as any such use complies strictly with applicable law including, but not limited to, Health and Safety Code Section 11362.5 et seq.

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