Commercial Cannabis Cultivators Encouraged to Submit Permit Paperwork Online

Who:  Commercial cannabis cultivators, consultants and other stakeholders

What: The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is recommending commercial cannabis cultivators submit notification of their proposed activities through the Environmental Permit Information Management System (EPIMS) portal. On EPIMS, applicants can apply for a Lake and Streambed Alteration (LSA) Agreement or written verification that one is not needed, calculate fees, track progress and communicate with staff.

Why: CDFW is incorporating best practices to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19. In order to minimize disruption to those seeking a state license from the California Department of Food and Agriculture, CDFW is encouraging commercial cannabis cultivators to submit paperwork through its EPIMS portal. Submitting hard copy paperwork could result in a delay of a proposed project.

When: Immediately

Where: To start, click here: Additional resources are listed below.

EPIMS questions?
EPIMS help? (833) 303-7467
Find your CDFW regional office at:

Those seeking more information about current regulatory requirements can view presentations from a recent online permitting workshop at

To learn more about CDFW’s role in cannabis cultivation, please visit or email Additional details on regulatory compliance can be found at:


Media Contact:
Janice Mackey, CDFW Communications, (916) 207-7891