On July 7, 2020, the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors approved the Industrial Hemp Cultivation Ordinance that went into effect on August 7, 2020. Please refer to the PDF document for the requirements pertaining to cultivation of Hemp in San Joaquin County.
Ordinance No. 4557
California's industrial hemp law can be found in Division 24 of the California Food and Agricultural Code (FAC). The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has also adopted regulations in Title 3 of the California Code of Regulations pertaining to registration, approved cultivars, sampling and testing, and
destruction of noncompliant hemp crops. Information is available from CDFA's website at:
San Joaquin County Ordinance No. 4539 requires a license issued by the Agricultural Commissioner for the cultivation of industrial hemp.
Industrial hemp license application form
CDFA's industrial hemp forms for growers and/or seed breeders:
Registration Application for Growers
Registration Application for Seed Breeders
Pre-Harvest Report Form
Harvest Report Form
Destruction Plant Form
General information regarding industrial hemp can be found at the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (“CDFA”) website. However, please note that, San Joaquin County’s local regulation of industrial hemp cultivation may differ from statements or information contained on the CDFA’s website. Ultimately, the cultivation of industrial hemp within the unincorporated areas of San Joaquin County is governed by the ordinance identified above. The Agricultural Commissioner’s Office will strive to provide the public with updates regarding any local regulation on this webpage. Thus,
individuals are encouraged to visit this website routinely to remain informed about industrial hemp cultivation in San Joaquin County.
Hemp Ordinance History
The San Joaquin County Ordinance Nos. 4497 and 4528:
Interim Ordinance No. 4497
Moratorium on the cultivation of industrial hemp by Established Agricultural Research Institutions for research purposes.
Adopted on September 26, 2017 and extended on November 7, 2018. Expired September 22, 2019.
Interim Ordinance No. 4528
Moratorium on the cultivation of industrial hemp for all purposes, including commercial cultivation by commercial growers and seed breeders.
Adopted on March 26, 2019 and extended April 23, 2019. Expired September 22, 2019.