Pre-Application Instructions

Pre-Application Instructions

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Pre-Application Instructions

  • Review Ownership Requirements and Determine Applicant Eligibility
    • Review SEC. 104.03 (c) regarding persons ineligible to apply for a commercial cannabis license in the City of Los Angeles.
    • Determine Applicant Type/Business Structure
      • You may apply for a license as a sole proprietor, corporation, limited liability company, partnership, or a trust. Please visit the LA Business Portal for information about selecting a business structure and forming a legal business entity in the State of California.
    • Social Equity Program (If Applicable)
      • Applicants and Participants of the City’s Social Equity Program are required to observe and comply with certain ownership restrictions as articulated in Section 104.20. Please review our Social Equity Program page for more information.
  • Review and Determine License Type
    • You must obtain a license for each type of commercial cannabis activity in which you intend to engage.
      • To sell cannabis at a dispensary and by delivery: Storefront retail license
      • To sell cannabis by delivery only: Non-storefront retail license
      • To manufacture cannabis products: Manufacturing license
      • To grow cannabis: Cultivation license
      • To distribute or transport cannabis: Distributor license
      • To test cannabis for other licensees: Testing license
  • Review Location and Business Premises Requirements
    • Location Requirements
      • General Zoning Information
        • You must have a physical location at which you will engage in commercial cannabis activity. The City restricts commercial cannabis activities to specific zones within its boundaries. Please review the City’s Cannabis Location Restrictions (here) for the City’s zoning restrictions for commercial cannabis activity. You can check the zoning of particular address in the City using the ZIMAS mapping tool (here).
      • Sensitive Use Distance Requirements
        • The City imposes sensitive use restrictions on commercial cannabis as follows:
          • A licensed retail storefront must be outside of a 700-foot radius of a School, Public Park, Public Library, Alcoholism or Drug Abuse Recovery or Treatment Facility, Day Care Center, and Permanent Supportive Housing, and any other licensed storefront retailer.
          • A licensed non-storefront retailer (delivery), distributor, cultivator, non-volatile manufacturer or testing lab must be outside of a 600-foot radius of any School.
          • A volatile manufacturer must be outside of a 600-foot radius of any School and a 200-foot radius of any Residentially Zoned Property. (Note: the City is not currently accepting applications for volatile manufacturing licenses.)
        • Other
          • For additional restrictions on where commercial cannabis business may operate within the City of Los Angeles please  review LAMC 105.00.
      • Land Owner Authorization
        • The landowner of your business premises must give you written authorization to engage in commercial cannabis activity on the property. The City cannot process your license application if you do not have this written authorization.
      • Business Premises
        • Commercial Cannabis License Applicants and Licensees are expected to follow all state and local laws including compliance with applicable Health, Fire and Building Codes