Industrial Hemp

What's New?

The state of California has made changes to their Industrial Hemp Program Rules to meet the Federal USDA standards for Industrial Hemp cultivation. Some of the changes below include:

  • New Lab requirements
    • Labs will be approved by the state, list forthcoming
  • New sampling and harvesting timeframe
    • Sampling window reduced
    • Test results will be released by lab within 5 days of sampling
    • Harvest must be completed within 15 days of sample date
  • New sampling requirements
    • Sample quantity will be based on acreage calculation
    • Sample will focus on mature flower

Notice: if you are a current grower and have not been reviewing the state Industrial Hemp Webpage about meeting the new regulations please do so ASAP!

Lake County’s Industrial Hemp Rules and Application Process

Note: The application process, permit requirements and inspections can take up to several months to complete depending on each individual application. Please start the process early to allow for adequate processing prior to the growing season.

The Lake County Industrial Hemp Ordinance was passed by the Lake County Board of Supervisors on March 25, 2020. The Ordinance went into effect as of April 24, 2020.

The Lake County Industrial Hemp Zoning Ordinance was passed by the Lake County Planning Commission on April 7, 2020. Please read requirements carefully prior to committing to a piece of property for cultivation. Additional fees required for Zoning Permit process.

  • Lake County Industrial Hemp Zoning Ordinance.
    • All Industrial Hemp applicants will need to submit for a Hemp Zoning Permit
    • Zoning Permit Application is given to applicant by Ag Department after the initial county Industrial Hemp application has been received
    • A grading permit application is strongly recommended for all applicants
    • Note: The grading season does not re-open until April 2021

Prior to cultivating Industrial Hemp in Lake County, all applicants will need to meet ALL Lake County Ordinance Requirements and Obtain a Lake County Industrial Hemp Permit and Zoning Permit prior to applying for and receiving a State Industrial Hemp Registration.

All growing of Industrial Hemp in Lake County will require concurrent valid County Permit, Zoning Permit and State Registration issued through Agriculture Office.

Lake County Industrial Hemp Application

Contact the Lake County Agriculture Department to make an application appointment or for further information.
Office: (707) 263-0217
Email: [email protected]

(Due to COVID-19 restrictions and remote workstation requirements there may be some delay in response but most questions will be answered within 1 business day)

California State Industrial Hemp Resources

CDFA Industrial Hemp Website
Industrial Hemp Registration Application- Grower
Industrial Hemp Registration Application- Seed Breeder
County Industrial Hemp Site Fees