April 11, 2019 Bulletin


DCR News Bulletin

Published April 11, 2019



The new and improved DCR website is online now! Our revised site takes the guesswork out of understanding City regulations and ordinances by providing step-by-step instructions on applying for commercial cannabis business licenses within the City of Los Angeles.

Please take a moment to check out our updated user-friendly layout which includes the following new features:

• Easier navigation of information
• Updated licensing maps
• Easy-to-understand licensing information on the Phases of processing
• Step-by-step guide to the Social Equity Program
• Updated Complaint Portal interface
• Integrated search/find field capabilities
• Google Translate availability in 100 Languages
• Links to partner agencies


The new Licensing section now provides easy-to-understand information for individuals seeking assistance in the application and licensing process. Pre-application instructions and interactive licensing maps detail all the steps involved, and help in identifying existing and pending locations.

The Licensing Page now Includes:

• 5 Key Items to Consider Before Applying
• Determine your Eligibility and License Type
• Does your location comply with City law?
• Step-by-step instructions on applying through the embedded Accela Civic platform
• Links to state license application portals
• Guide to Application Fees
• Steps to License Renewal
• Operating/Compliance Requirement

          Licensing Page


The Interactive Licensing Maps now include:

• Community Plan Areas
• Locally Authorized Businesses
• Pending Applications
• City Council Districts


How to Benefit through the Social Equity Program

Curious about the business benefits of the Social Equity Program? Do you qualify for Tier 1, 2 or 3? Find out with these step-by-step explanations to determine if you meet the qualifications.



Find Authorized Retailers

To purchase cannabis products tested for harmful pesticides and toxins, be sure to patronize authorized retailers. Find your nearest authorized commercial cannabis retailer with the click of a button on our interactive map.


Report a Complaint

DCR has improved the interface of the City’s Cannabis Complaint Portal. Submit your report here for any:
• Complaints about unlicensed or illegal commercial cannabis activity
• Complaints about licensed commercial cannabis activity that you are concerned may be occurring in an unlawful or unsafe manner
• Non-emergency communications with the Los Angeles Police Department about cannabis or cannabis-related activities. If you are reporting an emergency, please help us call 9-1-1.