Write your security plan

All cannabis businesses must keep their customers, staff, and the public safe.

Your security plan will be referred to the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD). The Office of Cannabis will work with you and SFPD to finalize your security plan.

Get in contact with your local SFPD district office

If there is a theft or other legal violation, you must notify the SFPD and the Office of Cannabis within 24 hours. Find your SFPD district station.

Plan how you will prevent cannabis from being diverted

We will ask you how you plan to keep your cannabis products secure.

Plan your employee badge procedure

Every employee must wear an ID badge when at your business or moving cannabis. We will ask you to upload your badge template, to make sure it follows requirements. We will also ask you what your plan is when an employee changes roles or leaves your employment.

Plan how you will sign in contractors and vendors

You must collect information of nonemployees who go into areas where cannabis is stored. You can do it either on paper or online. We will ask you to upload your paper sign-in sheet, or describe the online system.

Describe your doors, locks, and windows

See what your doors and locks need to be. You need commercial-grade, nonresidential door locks and solid doors in certain areas of your business.

Set up your alarm system

See what your alarm system needs. We will ask you about the company that installs the alarm system, and the company's general manager. We will also ask you about the features of the alarm system.

If you are sharing your alarm system with another business, decide which business will have the contract. We will ask you for their permit or application number. We will also ask you how you plan to share your alarm system.

Set up your video surveillance system

See what your video system needs. We will ask you about the company that installs the video surveillance. You must also assign an onsite employee who has access to the footage, and checks that the video is working. You must describe the resolution and frame rate of the video collected.

We will also ask you how you will keep the recording device secure. You must have remote access to the footage. We will ask you about that online system.

If you are sharing your video surveillance with another business, decide which business will have the contract. We will ask you for their permit or application number. We will also ask you how you plan to share your video surveillance.

Hire your security

Storefront retail businesses must hire security personnel. They must be licensed by California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services. See what security personnel have to have. We will ask you for their names, license numbers, and roles. We will also ask you if they will be armed or unarmed.

If you will contract out for security services, you must give us information about the contracting company, and upload your contract.

If you are sharing security services with another business, decide which business will have the contract. We will ask you for their permit or application number. We will also ask you how you plan to share your security personnel.

Last updated February 21, 2020

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