Watch: Online Commercial Cannabis Permitting Workshop, July 22
CDFW, Department of Cannabis Control (formerly CalCannabis) and State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) hosted an online commercial cannabis cultivation permitting workshop July 22, 2020. View Webcast (Video)(opens in new tab)
Cannabis cultivators applying for an Annual License(opens in new tab) from the Department of Cannabis Control (opens in new tab) must have a Lake and Streambed Alteration (LSA) Agreement or written verification that one is not needed. CDFW requires an LSA Agreement when a project activity may substantially adversely affect fish and wildlife resources. LSA Agreements provide actions to avoid and minimize adverse impacts and provide protections to California’s fish and wildlife resources.
As a part of a broader effort by the California Natural Resources Agency and CDFW to go paperless, CDFW is transitioning to electronic applications. To apply for an LSA Agreement or verification that an Agreement is not required, start your Environmental Permit Information Management System (EPIMS) notification today.
Paper notifications received on or after September 1, 2020 may be returned to the applicant.
On EPIMS, applicants can:
- Access anywhere internet is available
- Submit supplemental documentation such as plans, maps, photos and studies
- Calculate permit fees
- Obtain electronic signatures
- Receive email alerts and reminders
- Track application progress
EPIMS - Online Permitting Portal
Need EPIMS Help? Call 1 (833) 303-7467
(We are currently experiencing issues with our phone line. Please use the EPIMS Help email below.)
EPIMS Questions? EPIMSHELP@wildlife.ca.gov
Project Specific Questions? CDFW Regional Office (PDF)(opens in new tab)
Cannabis Questions? AskCannabis@wildlife.ca.gov
LSA Questions? LSA@wildlife.ca.gov
Other permits and environmental review may be necessary:
California Endangered Species Act (CESA) for projects that may impact listed species; California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) public disclosure process for projects with environmental impacts.
Cannabis Permitting Webinar Presented November 12, 2019