Business Licensing

Phase 2 (LAMC § 104.08) Application Filing Period Is Closed 

Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) Forms and Guidelines:

PDF iconGuidelines to Establish Eligibility Pursuant to LAMC Section 104.08 v2: An Applicant applying for a License for Non-Retailer Commercial Cannabis Activity pursuant to Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 104.08 must demonstrate that the Applicant meets the eligibility requirements for this type of License. Ownership requirements for Tier 1 and Tier 2 Social Equity Applicants are stated in LAMC Sections 104.20(c) and (d). Every Phase 2 applicant, like all other applicants, will be required to identify each of its owners and their respective ownership stakes. This information will be collected through the Accela system. Also, per the requirement stated in LAMC Section 104.20(i)(2), DCR will be collecting from every Social Equity Applicant the bylaws or operating agreements which specify the percentage of ownership and control by each person. Among other requirements, an Applicant must establish that (1) the Applicant was engaged prior to January 1, 2016, in the same type of Non-Retailer Commercial Cannabis Activity for which it now seeks a License; (2) the Applicant supplied an EMMD prior to January 1, 2017; and (3) the Applicant qualifies under the Social Equity Program.

Proposition M Priority Processing (LAMC § 104.07) - Phase 1 Forms:

PDF iconProposition M Priority Processing​ Appeal Form and Instructions: This form is to be used for an appeal authorized by the Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) for determinations made by the DCR concerning Proposition M Priority Processing under LAMC § 104.07. Complete and submit the attached appeal form within 15 business days of the date the decision was mailed by DCR. If the decision is not appealed, the decision issued by the DCR will be final and effective 15 business days after the date the decision was mailed.

Non-Retailer Commercial Cannabis Activity Prior to January 1, 2016 Processing (LAMC § 104.08) - Phase 2 Application Forms and Manuals:

PDF iconPhase 2 Quick Reference Manual 

PDF iconAccount Registration Manual: How to register for an account.

PDF iconAttestations for Phase 2 Non-Retailer Applicants (104.08): Submission is required for all applications except testing applications (testing applicants should use the Attestations for Testing Lab Applicants form). In addition to making these attestations, Applicants will have submit documentation to evidence: 1. Applicant was engaged in the same Non-Retailer Commercial Cannabis Activity that it now seeks Temporary Approval to conduct; 2. Applicant was a supplier to an EMMD prior to January 1, 2017; 3. Applicant qualifies under the Social Equity Program; and, 4. Applicant has or will submit an executed copy of the required Indemnification Agreement. 

PDF iconAttestations for Testing Lab Applicants: Submission is required for all testing applications.

PDF iconIndemnification Agreement: Regulation No. 3(6) of the Rules and Regulations for Cannabis Procedures requires an Applicant to indemnify the City of Los Angeles (City). Applicants for Temporary Approval pursuant to Los Angeles Municipal Code section 104.08 shall agree to indemnify City from any potential liability.

PDF iconRequired Document PlaceholderIf you do not have a Business Tax Registration Certificate, Diagram of Premises, and/or Documentation of Local Compliance (Radius Map/Sensitive Use Survey), please complete and upload this document instead.

PDF iconPhase 2 Eligibility Inspection Survey: DCR and other City departments are beginning their inspections of the business premises of Phase 2 applicants and they are aware that there is a wide variation in the physical conditions of the premises in the applicant pool. To ensure that City resources are used in the most efficient manner, DCR will prioritize inspections for applicants that have business premises that are ready for an inspection.

Application Amendment Form and Miscellaneous Forms:

PDF iconApplication Amendment Form This is a request form to amend an application previously submitted to the Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) for a License and/or Temporary Approval to conduct commercial cannabis activities. This form must be submitted in-person to DCR’s Office. All signatories will be asked to show identification before submission of the form. DCR must review and approve any amendments to previously-submitted applications before the changes will take effect, and you may be contacted and asked to supply supporting documentation.

PDF iconApplication Withdrawal FormApplication withdrawal forms may be electronically submitted to DCRLicensing@lacity.org for consideration. Upon review, DCR staff will schedule a signing appointment with the applicant(s). If the application includes more than one owner, individual owners may request different appointment times. Every owner listed on the application must sign the withdrawal form for it to be fully executed. A withdrawn application will have no legal effect, and you forfeit any and all rights in connection with the withdrawn application(s). Additionally, you will not be refunded application fees previously paid to DCR.

PDF iconIndustrial Hemp Business Tax Registration Certificate Attestation Form: This form is to be used for businesses seeking a Business Tax Registration Certificate (BTRC) to engage in commercial activities related to industrial hemp and/or cannabidiol (CBD) derived from industrial hemp in the City of Los Angeles (City). The Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) does not regulate the sale of CBD oil, CBD products or hemp products if they are derived from industrial hemp, as defined in Section 11018.5 of the Cal. Health and Safety Code. No cannabis-specific City license is required to sell those products. Therefore, to receive a BTRC and engage in commercial activities related to industrial hemp, you must attest that the products you intend to sell are derived from industrial hemp.

PDF iconBusiness Tax Application Form: A form required by the Office of Finance to establish a business tax account based on your business activity (ies) for the first year of operation.

Links to additional City of Los Angeles Commercial Cannabis Licensing/Permitting websites:

Application Processing Phases

The Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR), in conjunction with the Cannabis Regulation Commission, will license businesses engaging in commercial cannabis activity within the City of Los Angeles.

In order to transition current operators to a regulated commercial market, DCR will begin to issue Temporary Approval to qualified applicants.  Temporary Approval will give qualified applicants “Local Authorization” and furthermore will allow qualified applicants to continue to operate with limited-immunity until the applicant receives final approval for a License or final denial of a License and has exhausted all administrative appeals.

Generally, DCR will begin processing applications to engage in commercial cannabis activity in 3 phases.

Phase 1 - Closed

  • DCR began accepting applications for “Proposition M Priority Processing” as described in Section 104.07 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code on January 3, 2018. The application filing period closed after 60-days. 

Phase 2 - The application filing period opens on August 1, 2018

  • DCR will begin accepting applications for “Non-Retailer Commercial Cannabis Activity Prior to January 1, 2016 Processing” as described in Section 104.08 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code on August 1, 2018. The application filing period will close after 30-days.

Phase 3

  • DCR will accept and process applications for Commercial Cannabis Activity for the general public. The launch date for Phase 3 will be announced at a later date.

For more information about DCR’s application and licensing process please review Los Angeles’ Cannabis Ordinances.

Information on Proposition M Priority Processing

The application filing period for Proposition M Priority Processing has ended. Proposition M Priority Processing means an application filed by an EMMD (Existing Medical Marijuana Dispensary) pursuant to the priority processing for EMMD dispensaries as provided by Measure M, adopted by the voters of the City of Los Angeles on March 7, 2017 and Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 104.07.

How will DCR make determinations of eligibility for Prop M Priority Processing?

DCR’s determination of whether an EMMD is eligible for Proposition M Priority Processing shall be made with no hearing and shall be final and effective upon the close of the 15-day appeal period if not timely appealed to the Commission by the EMMD Applicant, as provided in SEC. 104.10. In making its determination, DCR may request additional information from the EMMD Applicant. In making its determination, DCR shall make written findings regarding whether the EMMD Applicant complies with the requirements for priority processing for EMMDs. In determining whether an EMMD Applicant meets the requirements for priority processing, DCR shall consider whether the EMMD Applicant cured any non-substantive administrative violations in C through F, and M under LAMC Section 45.19.6.3.

How long will it take for an EMMD to receive Temporary Approval for Commercial Cannabis Activity after submitting its application?

The Department of Cannabis Regulation is working to issue Temporary Approval to Existing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in an expeditious, responsible manner.
Before DCR will issue an EMMD Temporary Approval, DCR must receive an EMMD Applicant’s application for Proposition M Priority Processing and determine whether an Applicant is eligible for Proposition M Priority Processing as described in Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 104.07.
Once DCR deems a Proposition M Priority Processing Application is complete and eligible for a Proposition M Priority Processing, DCR will send the EMMD Applicant an invoice detailing further instructions for Temporary Approval issuance.

What if my application for Proposition M Priority Processing is denied?

DCR’s determination of whether an EMMD is eligible for Proposition M Priority Processing shall be made with no hearing and shall be final and effective upon the close of the 15-day appeal period if not timely appealed to the Commission by the EMMD Applicant, as provided in SEC. 104.10.

If Proposition M Priority Processing is denied by DCR and, if appealed to Commission also denied by Commission, the EMMD shall immediately cease all Commercial Cannabis Activity at the Business Premises and the EMMD Applicant shall not be entitled to the limited immunity from prosecution afforded by Proposition D.

Can I appeal DCR’s Proposition M Priority Processing Determination of Eligibility?

An EMMD applicant may appeal DCR’s determination of whether an EMMD Applicant is eligible for Proposition M Priority Processing, as provided in Section 104.10 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code.

For more information on the Appeals process please review Section 104.10 of the Cannabis Procedures Ordinance (Ordinance No. 185343).