Applying for a Cannabis Business License in L.A.

 

 

Want to start a cannabis business in Los Angeles? Here's how. 

2018 CANNABIS BUSINESS LICENSE

APPLICATION PROCESSES

 

Instructions For:

  • Retail businesses
  • Non-retail businesses larger than 30,000 ft2
  1. First, a obtain City license. Click here to complete a City application online and pay the fee.
  2. Prepare your business for a pre-licensing inspection and pay the associated fees.
  3. Notify all occupants and owners within 500 feet of your proposed business, plus the closest Neighborhood Council, Business Improvement District, and City Council office.
  4. Receive recommendation or denial from the Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) within 60 days of completion of your application and inspection. If you are denied, you have 15 days to appeal your denial, for a fee of $4,687.
  5. Notify all occupants and owners within 500 feet of your proposed business that your proposed business will be reviewed 45 days later during a public hearing led by the Cannabis Commission. If the Commission approves your license at the hearing, their decision is final after a 15-day period during which any member of the public can appeal your approval. If you are denied, you have 15 days to appeal your denial, for a fee of $4,687.
  6. Then, a obtain a State License. Apply for a State license upon receipt of City license. For more information on the State license procedure, please visit www.bcc.ca.gov.

 

 

 

 

Instructions For: 

  • Non-retail businesses smaller than 30,000 ft2
  1. First, a obtain City license. Click here to complete a City application online and pay the fee.
  2. Receive approval or denial by the Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) within 60 days of completion of the application. If you are denied, you have 15 days to appeal your denial, for a fee of $4,687.
  3. Then, a obtain a State license. Apply for a State license upon receipt of City license. For more information on the State license procedure, please visit www.bcc.ca.gov.

 

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SOCIAL EQUITY PROGRAM

The Social Equity Program seeks to re-invest in communities historically disproportionately affected by the "war on drugs" by supporting business ownership and hiring of local transitional residents. Once started, the Social Equity Program will provide assistance to three tiers of applicants, including:

Priority
processing
Business, licensing and
compliance assistance
Expedited
renewals
Program site
specific conditions

 


Social Equity Tier 1

Tier 1 businesses are 51% (or more) owned by qualifying individual(s), with:

  1. No more than 80% of the Area Median Income, and
  2. A prior CA cannabis-related conviction, and
  3. At least five years living in a disproportionately-impacted areaClick here to use our address calculator to find out if you live in a disproportionately-impacted area.

Tier 1 participants also benefit from:

  • Potential fee deferrals
  • Industry Investment Fund access

 


Social Equity Tier 2

Tier 2 businesses are 33.3% (or more) owned by qualifying individual(s), with:

  1. No more than 80% of the Area Median Income, and
  2. At least five years living in a disproportionately-impacted area. Click here to use our address calculator to find out if you live in a disproportionately-impacted area.

Or

  1. At least 10 years living in a disproportionately-impacted area. Click here to use our address calculator to find out if you live in a disproportionately-impacted area.

 


Social Equity Tier 3

Tier 3 businesses are general applicants who agree to provide capital, leased space, ownership, and licensing or compliance support to Social Equity applicants, including rent-free access to properties and prorated utilities for two or more years.