** Important Note To All Applicants **
After an application has been submitted and during the licensing process, Applicants are prohibited from changing the address of their Proposed Business Premises.
Important Information to Know Regarding Business Premises Locations
The City has set several restrictions on where a cannabis retail business may be located. These restrictions include 1) sensitive uses, 2) zoning, and 3) areas of undue concentration.
Sensitive-Use Area Restrictions
The Business Premises of a Retail Business must be outside of a 700-foot radius of: 1) Schools; 2) Public Parks; 3) Public Libraries; 4) Alcoholism or Drug Abuse Recovery or Treatment Facilities; 5) Day Care Centers (does not include in-home family day cares); 6) Permanent Supportive Housing providing on-site Supportive Services; and, 7) any other Retailer or Microbusiness Commercial Cannabis Retailers having on-site retail sales (LAMC Sec. 105.02).
The distance between Commercial Cannabis Type 10 Retailers shall be the horizontal distance measured in a straight line, without regard to intervening structures, from the closest exterior wall of each business.
The distance between any Commercial Cannabis Activity business and any School, Public Park, Public Library, Alcoholism or Drug Recovery or Treatment Facility, Day Care Center, or Permanent Supportive Housing, shall be the horizontal distance measured in a straight line, without regard to intervening structures, from the closest exterior wall of the business to the closest property line of the School, Public Park, Public Library, Alcoholism or Drug Abuse Recovery or Rehabilitation Treatment Facility, Day Care Center, or Permanent Supportive Housing.
Please use the DCR Licensing Map with “Locally Authorized Businesses” and “Pending Applications” toggled on to see current sensitive-uses that have been created by existing and pending retail license applications.
The Business Premises of a Retail Storefront commercial cannabis business must be located in a C1 or less-restrictive Zone (i.e. C1.5, C2, C4, C5, CM, M1, M2, M3). LAMC Section 105.02 identifies additional zones which may be compliant for designated Specific Plan Zones. Check zoning determinations at ZIMAS (Zoning Information Map Access System).
The City of Los Angeles restricts the number of Retail Businesses that can exist in any given Community Plan Area. Once a Community Plan Area has reached this limit, the area is said to have met Undue Concentration.
Applicants must know whether or not their proposed Business Premises is located in a Community Plan Area that has reached Undue Concentration.
Applicants are encouraged to identify the Community Plan Area of their proposed Business Premises hereLocate the Check business premises Community Plan Area of here: https://neighborhoodinfo.lacity.org/
An example of how to identify a location’s Community Plan Area is provided below:
Currently, the following Community Plan Areas have reached Undue Concentration for Retail licenses:
- Boyle Heights
- Central City
- Central City North
- North Hollywood-Valley Village
- Sherman Oaks - Studio City-Toluca Lake-Cahuenga Pass
- Sun Valley - La Tuna Canyon
- West LA
Applicants with a Business Premises in a Community Plan Area that has reached Undue Concentration are not eligible for Phase 3 Retail Round 1 Application Processing. Instead, these Applicants must first receive a finding of Public Convenience or Necessity (PCN) from the Los Angeles City Council (City Council) before DCR can accept and process the application.
Applicants who identify their proposed Business Premises as being located in a Community Plan Area that has met Undue Concentration will automatically be routed to the PCN request process. The Applicant will be required to pay a $1,499 PCN fee within 10 calendar days of submitting the PCN request. If the fee is not paid within 10 calendar days, the PCN request is deemed abandoned. If the fee is timely paid, the PCN request will be transmitted to the Office of the City Clerk for City Council consideration. PCN requests are not pending applications, do not receive a timestamp, and do not prevent another applicant from submitting a competing PCN request in the same area.
DCR will not accept, review, or process any application from an Applicant located in area of Undue Concentration unless there is PCN finding from City Council.