Trinity County

Regulations for Cannabis Related Commercial Activity

County Description

Trinity County is a county located in the northwestern portion of the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,786, making it the fourth-least populous county in California. The county seat and largest community is Weaverville.

Trinity County is rugged, mountainous, heavily forested, and lies along the Trinity River within the Salmon/Klamath Mountains. The county takes its name from the Trinity River, named in 1845 by Major Pierson B. Reading, who was under the mistaken impression that the river emptied into Trinidad Bay. Trinity County was one of the original counties of California, created in 1850 at the time of statehood.

Trinity County: Commercial Cannabis 

Political Statistics

County Board of Supervisors

State Senate

State Assembly

  • District 2 Assembly Member Jim Wood -DEM

US Congress




For 2017:

Type 1 and 1B MMRSA:  $4,000.00 plus $1,000.00 towards the General Plan Update
Type 1C MMRSA:  $2,000.00 PLUS $250.00 towards the General Plan Update

Type 2 and 2B MMRSA:  $5,000.00 plus $1,000.00 towards the General Plan Update

Cannanbis Variance Fee:  $751.00

Fees shall be paid thereafter annually prior to March 01 of each year.

2017-2018 Applications will be accepted beginning March 1, 2017.

Newly Adopted Regulations:
Ordinance No. 315-816 Enacted August 30 2016

Section IV section 32(o) of the Trinity county code Zoning Ordinance No. 315:

(2) Application
(a) Application grants provisional permission to cultivate marijuana plants within the guidelines of this chapter and state law. Applicants who cultivate pursuant to guidelines of this chapter and applicable state law will be exempt from the plant count restrictions in the existing Trinity County personal grow ordinance.
Instead, Applicants will be subject the square footage provisions in Type I and Type II of MMRSA. (now MCRSA)

(b) Applicants shall be entitled to priority processing for future permit applications. The Order of priority for processing for a permanent license will be determined by date of enrollment in NCRWQCB.

(c) Any permitting required under the future land use ordinance will require enrollment in the NCRWQCB Order #2015-0023 and Applicant must have been compliant with this requirement during the provisional Application period to develop a record of environmental compliance.

(3) Application Registration Requirements
(a) Within sixty (60) days of adoption of this ordinance any person or entity cultivating commercial medical marijuana within Trinity County may register with the TrinityCounty Planning Department. Registration shall be on a form provided by the TrinityCounty Planning Department and, at a minimum, shall require the name and mailing address of the registrant; the location address, Assessor’s Parcel Number and site map of the cultivation location.

(4) Registration Phases

(a) The County will allow a total of 500 registrants to enroll in this Application Program, based on
the sequence of their compliance with NCRWQCB Order #2015-0023.

(6) Performance Standards for Commercial Cultivation of Medical Marijuana

(a)   It is declared to be unlawful for any person owning, leasing, occupying or having charge or possession of any parcel of land within any unincorporated area of the County to cause or allow such parcel of land to be used for the outdoor or indoor cultivation of marijuana plants for medicinal purposes in excess of the limitations imposed by this section or personal grow section.

SECTION V. This ordinance is an interim ordinance adopted as an urgency measure pursuant to Government Code section 65858, and it shall be of no further force and effect forty five (45) days from its date of adoption, unless it is extended by further action of the Board of Supervisors, pursuant to Section 65858.

Ordinance number 315-797 – Approved June 5, 2012
(initial moratorium enacted on March 17, 2011)
Re-enacting section 42 to Ordinance 315

  • Cultivation/Harvest/Processing:
    • Limiting cultivation to only qualified patients or caregivers.
      Cultivation, Harvest, Processing , Drying or Assembling unauthorized land use. Yet Board has directed that the County will not take any enforcement action against any qualified patient who may conduct such activities provided they comply with specific standards.
  • Trinity County passed Ordinance number 315-797 in June 2012 that limits personal gardens, indoors or outdoors to:
    1. For parcels of one acre or less, two marijuana plants or 50 square feet;
    2. For parcels between one and 2 acres, four plants or 100 square feet;
    3. For parcels between 2 acres and five acres, six plants or 200 square feet;
    4. For parcels between five and ten acres, six plants or 300 square feet;
    5. For parcels of ten acres or greater, eight plants or 400 square feet



Please contact your local officials and let them know you oppose the MANUFACTURING BAN.

This information will be updated as progress continues.

Please CALL US if you would like further information or updates on pending legislation .



Ordinance number 315-795 – Approved October 18, 2011

  • Dispensaries: No marijuana dispensaries in any commercial or industrial zoning districts. No permit or other entitlement will be approved within the county for such use.

CannaBusiness Law has established prominence as a cutting edge leader and pioneer in providing the highest quality legal expertise in the Cannabis industry.

Contact CannaBusiness Law today to provide expert assistance in compliance With Cannabis Licensing, Permitting and the Application process relating to Commercial Cannabis in California.