Application Processing

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

Social Equity Applicants receive certains benefits related to application processing.

Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 104.20(c)(4)(i) and Section 104.06.1 establish application processing requirements, which require DCR to provide Social Equity Applicants the following when certain requirements are met: 

  • Priority access to retail and delivery Licenses
  • Priority License Application Processing 
  • Priority License Renewal Processing 

Please see Table S1 for information about commercial cannabis activity license restrictions and application processing restrictions. 

Table S1: Commercial Cannabis Activity and Application Restrictions

License Type 

License CAP

Are Applications Currently Being Accepted?

Application Processing Restrictions 

Comments

Testing 

No

No

No

Submission of  Pre-Applications May Be Unavailable Until October 1, 2021

Distribution 

No

No

No

Submission of  Pre-Applications May Be Unavailable Until October 1, 2021

Non-Volatile Manufacturing 

No

No

No

Submission of  Pre-Applications May Be Unavailable Until October 1, 2021

Volatile Manufacturing 

Yes

No

No

 

Cultivation 

Yes

No

No

 

Delivery 

No

No

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.

Submission of  Pre-Applications May Be Unavailable Until October 1, 2021

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. 

 

Phase 3 Retail Round 1 Application Processing 

Pursuant to Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) Section 104.06.1(b), the Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) is authorized to identify a total of 200 Social Equity Individual Applicants who are eligible for further processing in Phase 3 Retail Round 1 (P3RR1).  

DCR has concluded its review of all eligible P3RR1 Applications and identified 200 Social Equity Individual Applicants eligible for further processing. To view a list of the 200 P3RR1 Social Equity Individual Applicants eligible for further processing click here.

A list of all P3RR1 Applicants and their Application status can be found here

Status Legend for P3RR1 Lists:
Eligible for Further Processing; LAMC Sec. 104.06.1(b)(6) - first set of 100 eligible Applications
Eligible for Further Processing; LAMC Sec. 104.06.1(b)(7) - second set of 100 eligible Applications
Ineligible; 700 ft from another P3RR1
Ineligible; 700 ft from a sensitive use 
Ineligible; 700 ft from an EMMD
Ineligible; Zoning Non-Compliance
Ineligible; Documents Incomplete
Abandoned; Non-Payment of Application Fees
Ineligible; Undue Concentration Reached
Ineligible for Further Processing; 200 Applications Already Identified
DCR Test Application
Rejected; Duplicate Application