Application Review Process
DCR’s Application Review Process
1. Review of Application Submissions. DCR will review your application and attachments to determine whether you meet all application requirements. If your application is missing any required information or documents, DCR will notify you of what information or documents are needed. DCR may deny your application if you fail to to provide required information and/or documents in a timely manner.
2. Public Notice. After DCR determines that you have submitted all required information and documents, DCR will deem your application complete and then provide mailed notice of the complete application to all residents and property owners within a 500-foot radius of your proposed business premises. DCR will also provide written notice of the complete application to the closest neighborhood council, business improvement district, and City Council District. At this point, you will be required to offer to appear before the closest neighborhood council to address questions regarding your application.
3. Community Meeting (if Applicable). If you have applied for a retail license, DCR will hold a community meeting in the geographic area of the Area Planning Commission where your proposed retail business is located. At this meeting, DCR will accept oral and written testimony from the public regarding your proposed retail business.
4. Pre-License Inspection. After giving notice of your application to the public, DCR will inspect your proposed business premises to determine whether it is in compliance with the City and State’s cannabis regulations. In addition, the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Cannabis Unit will inspect your premises to determine compliance with the City’s Fire Code. (Please review LAFD’s Cannabis Unit website for more information.) If you have not built out your premises by this point, DCR will provide you with a deadline to finish your build out before your application is either denied or deemed abandoned. Under no circumstance will the City issue you an annual license if the premises is not built out and has not passed a pre-license inspection.
5. Licensing Decision. After completing the pre-license inspection, DCR will make a licensing decision regarding your application. For an application for a retail license or a non-retail license in a business premises 30,000 square feet or larger, DCR may either deny issuance of the license or recommend issuance of the license to the Commission. For an application for a non-retail license in a business premises less than 30,000 square feet or larger, DCR may either approve or deny issuance of the license. DCR may deny issuance of a license for any reason specified in Section 104.06(a)(1) of the City’s Cannabis Procedures (here).
6. Commission Hearing (if Applicable). If DCR recommends issuance of a license, the Commission must hold a public hearing to decide whether to issue or deny issuance of the license. The Commission may deny issuance of a license for any reason specified in Section 104.06(a)(1) of the City’s Cannabis Procedures (here).
7. Appeal of License Denial. If DCR or the Commission denies your application for a license, you may appeal the decision as provided under Section 104.06 of the City’s Cannabis Procedures.