Application Procedures and Resources

This page provides information related to the commercial cannabis activity license application procedures within the City of Los Angeles. The Department of Cannabis Regulation has developed a series of resources to assist applicants and licensees in the application process.

Public Convenience or Necessity 

Pre-Application Review 

Temporary Approval 

Application Modification: Business Premises Relocation


Public Convenience or Necessity (PCN) Workflow and Procedure

The Cannabis Procedures Ordinance limits the number of Retail, Cultivation and Volatile-Manufacturing Commercial Cannabis Activity Licenses by Community Plan Area (CPA) based on the definition of Undue Concentration under Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) Section 104.01(a)(48). An area is considered unduly concentrated when DCR issues the maximum number of these license types in that CPA. 

The following Community Plan Areas have reached Undue Concentration:

  • Central City
  • Central City North
  • Harbor-Gateway
  • Sherman Oaks - Studio City-Toluca Lake-Cahuenga Pass
  • Sun Valley - La Tuna Canyon
  • Venice

Applicants seeking to engage in Retail, Cultivation and Volatile-Manufacturing Commercial Cannabis Activity in a CPA that is unduly concentrated are required to file a request that the City Council find that approval of the License application would serve a public convenience or necessity (PCN) supported by evidence in the record pursuant to LAMC Section 104.03(a)(4).

The City Council adopted standards to be used in their assessment and determination of a finding of public convenience or necessity.

The following provides an illustration of the Public Convenience or Necessity Workflow.

LIC-4001-WF PCN Workflow

To download a printable copy of the workflow click here.

To view the PCN Information and Procedure Bulletin click here

To access the forms associated with the Public Convenience or Necessity Process click here

 


Pre-Application Review Workflow and Procedure

Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) Section 104.03(a) requires that prior to filing an application to engage in Commercial Cannabis Activity, an Applicant must successfully complete the Pre-Application Review process. The Pre-Application Review process requires that the Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) verify eligibility of Primary Personnel subject to a background review pursuant to LAMC Section 104.03(a)(1) and verify that Owners applying for the license are not disqualified under LAMC Section 104.03(a)(2). Please note that until LiveScan is available, DCR will accept attestations regarding compliance with LAMC Section 104.03(a)(1).

In addition, DCR must also verify that the Business Premises location is eligible for Licensure under LAMC Section 104.03(a)(3).

DCR has developed resources related to Pre-Application Review process to assist applicants and licensees in the application process and to increase transparency in DCR’s administration of the Cannabis Procedures Ordinance.

The following provides an illustration of the Pre-Application Review Workflow.

LIC-4002-WF Pre-Application Review Workflow (Attestations)

Download the printable version of the Pre-Application Review Workflow by clicking here.

Click here to view the Pre-Application Review Information and Procedure Bulletin.

Click here to access the forms associated with the Pre-Application Review Process. Please review the Pre-Application Review Information and Procedure Bulletin for additional documents required to be submitted by the applicant during this process.

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Temporary Approval Workflow and Procedure

Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 104.01(a)(47) defines Temporary Approval as a DCR-issued temporary license that authorizes an Applicant to engage for a limited period of time in Commercial Cannabis Activity as would be permitted under the privileges of a non-temporary license of the same type. An Applicant with Temporary Approval is required to follow all applicable Rules and Regulations as would be required if the Applicant held a non-temporary License of the same type.

DCR has developed resources related to Temporary Approval to assist applicants and licensees in the application process and to increase transparency in DCR’s administration of the Cannabis Procedures Ordinance. The following provides an illustration of the Temporary Approval Workflow. 

LIC-4003-WF Temporary Approval Workflow

Download the printable version of the Temporary Approval Workflow by clicking here.

Click here to view the Temporary Approval Information and Procedure Bulletin.

If applicable Applicants and Licensees subject to Section 104.20 shall also provide all information, business records and agreements necessary to demonstrate that the Social Equity Individual Applicant owns the minimum Equity Share required under Section 104.20(a)(2). Click here to view the Social Equity Program - Entity Eligibility Verification Information and Procedure Bulletin

For a list of forms and additional documents associated with the Temporary Approval process click here.

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Application Modification: Business Premises Relocation

DCR has developed resources related to Application Modification: Business Premises Relocation to assist applicants and licensees in the application process and to increase transparency in DCR’s administration of the Cannabis Procedures Ordinance.

The following provides an illustration of the Application Modification: Business Premises Relocation Workflow. 

LIC-4004-WF Application Modification Workflow - Relocation

Download the printable version of the Application Modification: Business Premises Relocation Workflow by clicking here.

Click here to download the Application Modification: Business Premises Relocation Information and Procedure Bulletin.

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