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On Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 2:00 p.m., the Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) began accepting new applications for delivery, distribution, non-volatile manufacturing, and testing lab license types. Application processing for these license types will remain open until further notice. 

DCR only accepts applications online through our online licensing system, Accela. 

Before applying for a license, new Accela users will be required to register an account. Once registering for an account, users must follow the prompts to provide detailed information and documents about your proposed cannabis business. 

The City’s commercial cannabis activity license application procedures require Applicants and Licensees to follow specific procedures and use specific forms and documents associated with various application processes.  

Please review this information BEFORE applying for a license. 

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All Applicants are required to first complete the Pre-Application Review process and, after being deemed eligible for further processing for one or more license types, then required to complete the Temporary Approval process in order to receive temporary authorization to engage in commercial cannabis activity. All Applicants can prepare for both the Pre-Application Review process and Temporary Approval process ahead of time by visiting DCR’s website to review related Application Procedures and Resources.

All Applicants will be issued invoices for the Pre-Application Review and Temporary Approval application fees in accordance with LAMC Section 104.19(a).

Click Here to Access the DCR Licensing Portal (Accela)

The City of Los Angeles has established a Licensing and Social Equity Program that enumerates  various restrictions related to licensing and application processing. 

The table below contains information about commercial cannabis activity license restrictions and application processing restrictions. 


License Type 

License CAP

Are Applications Currently Being Accepted?

Application Processing Restrictions 

Comments

Testing 

No

Yes

No

Application processing will open on October 20, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Distribution 

No

Yes

No

Application processing will open on October 20, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Non-Volatile Manufacturing 

No

Yes

No

Application processing will open on October 20, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Volatile Manufacturing 

Yes

No

No

 

Cultivation 

Yes

No

No

 

Delivery 

No

Yes

Yes. Limited to Social Equity Applicants until January 1, 2025 
(Phase 3)

SEAs must be verified.

SEAs may be verified under the original eligibility criteria or the expanded eligibility criteria.

Application processing will open on October 20, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Retail 

Yes

No

Yes. Limited to Social Equity Applicants until January 1, 2025 (Phase 3 Round 2)

Licenses are limited per CPA.

To apply in a CPA that has reached Undue Concentration,eligibility must be verified pursuant to LAMC Sections. 104.20(b) and 104.06.1(c)(3) before submitting a PCN Request.

A lottery will be administered to determine which eligible SEAs are selected to  apply for a License in a CPA that has not reached Undue Concentration.

SEAs must be verified pursuant to LAMC Sections  104.20(b) and 104.06.1(c)(3) before being determined eligible to participate in the lottery. 

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