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Cannabis Retail RFP

The Request for Proposals (RFP) process for applications for 1 - retail and 1 - non store front retail Commercial Cannabis Business (“CCB”) is now closed. The City of Sonoma received 10 proposals to operate a commercial cannabis business permit by the February 21st, 2020, deadline date. 

Current Status

The City’s Proposal Review Committee (PRC) interviewed the nine remaining proposers who submitted applications to operate a commercial cannabis business in the City of Sonoma on April 28th and April 29th, 2020. One of the original ten proposers (Harvest of Sonoma) withdrew from the process, leaving nine proposals to be considered for selection for one retail storefront operation and one non-storefront retail operation.

Applicants were ranked based on points awarded in the first two steps of the selection process. In Step 1, applicants were given an initial ranking based on the application (see Initial Ranking Scores). In Step 2, applicants were ranked based on the interview (see Interview Ranking Scores). The scores from each step were then combined for a final score out of 2,500 possible points that determined the Final Ranking.

Per the City Council’s approved process and policy, the top five proposers were presented as “Finalists” by the City Manager (to the City Council) at their meeting on May 27th as proposers who are to continue to Step 3 of Phase 1 of the selection process.

Appeals by proposers that were not selected in the top five have the ability to appeal the action of the City Manager and will be heard on June 8th during the City Council meeting.  At the June 8th Council meeting, the City Council will hear any appeals and select its finalists to proceed to Phase 2.


Next Steps

Selected finalists will proceed to Phase 2 – the site selection and land use (see process chart).

This application process is adopted pursuant to the Sonoma Administrative Regulations Implementing  Ordinance No. 03-2010 (Section 5.36 of the Sonoma Municipal Code) and Ordinance No. 04-2019 (Title 19).  Please review these regulations to understand the requirements and process for applying for and operating a commercial cannabis retail business in Sonoma.

Applicants should monitor the City’s web page for any additional information, FAQs or updates.  It is the responsibility of the Applicant to stay informed of this information.

If you have any questions or would like an update on the status of your application, please call the Planning Department at 707.938.3681 or by email at

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