Commercial Cannabis Regulations and Program

About Union City’s Local Regulations 

On January 1, 2018, California legalized cannabis use by adults 21 and older. In response to the changing State laws, Union City has taken steps to ensure proper and legal implementation of cannabis regulations, which have included the adoption of the following ordinances:

The City Council has the authority to choose how many commercial cannabis use permits are issued out at any given time. Through a resolution in November 2017, the number of permits was established at three (3) permits in each category:

  • Cultivation
  • Manufacturing
  • Distribution
  • Testing
  • Medical dispensary 

Current Commercial Cannabis Use Permitees:

  1. Jiva Life, LLC for retail at 30547 Union City Blvd. 
  2. Flor East Bay, LLC for retail, located at 31000 Courthouse Drive

Applications will be accepted only online between October 13, 2021 through November 18, 2021.   The Application Due Date is January 9, 2023, 4:00 P.M. Pacific Standard Time.  

  • Phase 1: January 10, 2023  - January 20, 2023(nine business days)
  • Phase 2: January 23, 2023 - February 24, 2023 (twenty-four business days)
  • Phase 3: February 27, 2023 - March 17, 2023 (Fifteen business days)
  • Phase 4: Dates will be determined by City Manager

Please note that the proposed dates above are tentative and subject to change. Check for updated information on dates. Please review the application procedures for more detailed information. 

For general questions about the application process, contact the City Manager's Office:

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Payment of Application Fees

Payments must be made by a certified check, cashier's check, money order payable to the City of Union City, or credit card. There is a 2.25% convenience fee added to all credit card payments over $2,500.00. You can call the cashier's line at 510-675-5312 to make the payment over the phone.

Applicants are required to pay the application fees for all four phases totaling $10,425.  Applicants who do not advance to Phases 2, 3, or 4 will be provided refunds for the application fees for the phase(s) in which they did not participate as noted below.   

  1. Phase 1:  Preliminary determination of eligibility $4,529
  2. Phase 2:   Evaluation and ranking by consultant team $1,800
  3. Phase 3:   Evaluation and ranking by City Selection Committee $1,785 plus the Live/Scan Fee for each owner and investor.
  4. Phase 4:  City Manager evaluation and recommendation $2,311

In addition to the Phase 1-4 application fees, the following non-refundable fees will also need to be paid prior to submitting the application.

  1. Criminal History Check, $300 paid to HdL Companies for each owner and investor listed in the application.
  2. Life Scan Fee $198.00 per owner and investor listed in the application.
  3. Zoning Verification Letter $310.00

October 27, 2022, Cannabis Application Procedures to Operate A Cannabis Business in Union City

Cannabis Application Form

Portal for Submission of October 27, 2022, Cannabis Application Procedures to Operate A Cannabis Business in Union City