Catch Part 1 and Part 2 of our Los Angeles series before reading the third and final article below.
In November 2016, the people of California voted to approve Proposition 64 for the Adult Use of Marijuana (AUMA). This forever changed the landscape of cannabis in California and opened up a slew of opportunities for cannabis businesses. Los Angeles has been home to the legal medical marijuana market for years. However, it had difficulty monitoring illegal use of medical marijuana. Therefore, the city is taking further actions to ensure their ordinances are crystal clear.
A Social Equity program was also created to promote equitable ownership and employment opportunities in the Cannabis industry. Los Angeles has full intentions to issue licenses in the most transparent manner possible.
Los Angeles Required Cannabis Licenses
A license is needed for the following commercial cannabis activities. A license will be issued as one of two categories – A (Adult) or M (Medical). This information is sited directly from the Los Angeles ordinances, so if you’d like to read it in its entirety, you can do so here.
It’s important to note than an applicant may only hold up to 3 Type 10 or Type 9 licenses.
An applicant is not limited in the number of license applications. However, each cultivated area may only be licensed 1.5 acres per applicant.
Los Angeles Cannabis Application Procedure
If you would like to apply for a license is Los Angeles, you need to fill out and file this application for Commercial Cannabis online. Various fees will be required. Candidates will be ineligible if they fall into any of the following categories:
Once you submit a complete application, The Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) will require a pre-licensing inspection. The details are outlined in our Rules and Regulations blog (link to our own blog once ready). EMMDs (existing medical marijuana dispensary) are exempt from this inspection. A pre-licensing inspection must be passed before any temporary approvals or licenses may be issued.
The Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) will mail applicants notice within 10 days of a complete application. They will also inform and mail the owner of the property and any occupants within 500 feet of the business premise. The applicant is also required to hold a hearing, informing the public of the new cannabis business that may be opening within their neighborhood.
Issuance of Los Angeles Cannabis Licenses
The Appeals Process
If you would like to appeal the DCR’s decision or denial of your license, you must do so 15 days from the mailing date of the DCR’s decision. If not filed within 15 days, the appeal is automatically rejected. Click through for more information on page 14 of this document.
Likewise, if you do successfully submit your appeal, the appellate body shall issue its decision within 30 days of the closure of the hearing on the appeal. Unfortunately, if the appellate body does not come to a decision within this time frame it is considered a denial.
Other Must-Know Info for Getting a Los Angeles Cannabis License
Your license is non-transferrable. The only exception to this is if you submit your case (and there’s been an organizational or ownership. Although this is a detailed post, the city of Los Angeles issued a highly comprehensive document that goes into further detail, so we recommend taking a look if you’d like further detail about any of the above topics.
Still looking for some guidance on the licensing process? Let California Cannabis CPA make sense of it all. Contact us today with your questions and we can get you started.
San Francisco recently announced that it will soon be accepting cannabis business permit applications – however, they have not yet announced when the application date will officially open. The city has provided some preliminary application information to get you started, and we recommend you suggest preparing your application now. If you’re not sure where to start, follow this article by reading our guide to the first three steps you should take to start your cannabis business.
San Francisco Cannabis Licensing: Part 1
San Francisco will soon be releasing part 1 of their cannabis business permit application process. On May 7, the City opened office hours to allow for walk-ins and appointments should you have questions. You may schedule a meeting by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The office hours are Monday through Friday, 1pm to 5pm, in room 018 located in San Francisco’s City Hall.
Who can apply for a San Francisco cannabis permit?
During Part 1 of the Cannabis Business Application process, San Francisco has very strict criteria. You may only apply to this round of applications for a cannabis business permit if:
This list was taken directly from San Francisco’s website from their list of accepted criteria.
What is San Francisco’s equity program?
San Francisco recognizes that the nationwide and state drug policy has traditionally negatively impacted certain communities, causing additional inequality and a heightened level of hardship. Therefore, San Francisco has proposed an equity program that will allow certain neighborhoods, citizens and communities to have access to a cannabis business permit first.
Normally, applicants would have to pay a permit fee. However, San Francisco is waiving the $5,000 fee for equity applicants. There are also programs that allow for discounted rent and assistance in running a cannabis business.
How to Apply for a San Francisco Cannabis Permit
While San Francisco has not issued an application start date quite yet, the city has written a list of the items required so you can get a head start. The city will require items such as background checks for all owners and proof of a secured location zoned for your business.
The city will issue the following permits:
It is not yet clear how many of each permit San Francisco will issue. Once the application is available, the Cannabis Office will email the verified applicants with further instructions.
When the application is released, prepare to submit a few additional things:
If you have additional questions related to enforcement or the equity program, visit room 362 at City Hall between 9am to 1pm, or call (415) 554-4420.
San Francisco’s application process is sure to be competitive. If you’d like to get a head start today, contact California Cannabis CPA to ask how we can help.
This week we have updates from San Luis Obispo, Jurupa Valley and a reminder to submit those applications for West Hollywood!
Looking for some guidance on the cities listed or others within California? We have a track record of providing research and cannabis application guidance to our clients quickly and accurately. Contact us today to ask how we can help.
Today, we have cannabis licensing updates from San Bernardino, Alameda County, Ojai, Redwood City, and the City of Alameda.
Have questions about any of the above cities? Get in touch with one of our experts.
This week we have updates from West Hollywood, San Francisco and Redwood City. Don’t forget: Culver City applications are due this week!
Check back in later this week for advice from our experts on finding real estate for your cannabis business, guidance on CBD products and the cannabis excise tax, and the final part of our Los Angeles regulations series. Now, onto the latest news from around the state:
If you would like additional information, San Francisco will be hosting office hours starting May 7. You may walk in or set up an appointment by emailing email@example.com. The hours are Monday – Friday from 1:00pm – 5:00pm.
If you’d like assistance with any of the following licenses or other cities within California, please contact us today. We have processed many business applications successfully, helping clients enter California’s cannabis market.
Just announced: West Hollywood, California is now accepting screening applications for cannabis business licenses through May 31, 2018. West Hollywood has provided a lot of detailed information on how to obtain a license, and here’s what you need to know about the process.
West Hollywood Cannabis Ordinance
Back in November of 2017, West Hollywood enacted a Cannabis Ordinance that would allow cannabis businesses to be licensed. According to the West Hollywood Cannabis Business License Screening Application Packet, the following numbers of licenses are to be issued:
West Hollywood Cannabis Application Process
West Hollywood will select its applicants based on specific application weighting criteria. By providing the grading criteria up front, the city is challenging applicants to tailor their application to the city’s exact needs. Be sure to take advantage of this knowledge!
The first step to getting to the actual application, however, is submitting a screening application (screening applications will be accepted May 2 – May 31). The screening application must include the following:
West Hollywood has also provided a comprehensive application overview as well as an application checklist. If you have additional questions, the city has also provided answers to commonly asked questions.
West Hollywood has done a great job providing all the necessary information needed in order to submit a successful screening application. If you would like additional assistance in submitting a successful application, please don’t hesitate to contact California Cannabis CPA.
As we’ve seen over the past few months, California cities and municipalities are offering a limited number of business licenses to new cannabis companies. San Bernardino is offering 17 total licenses; Colfax is has four retail permits up for grabs; San Francisco has a waiting list until 2019; and those are only the most recent announcements. Competition is fierce and barriers to enter California’s cannabis industry are high. That’s not to mention the high application fees you’ll pay for no reason if your license application is rejected.
What are some things you can do to make your application stand out? Our experts have worked with dozens of successful cannabis licensees, and they’ve seen what can make or break an applicant. Here are their top tips for submitting a strong cannabis business application in California.
Read the instructions.
Sounds simple, but every application is different: each municipality has their own twist on what it takes to open a business in their city limits. And, with so many potential businesses vying for a small number of permits, you must follow instructions to the letter. Don’t give the review committee an easy excuse to reject your application just for missing some information or failing to meet one of the requirements!
Do your due diligence.
Our expert’s number one piece of advice is to go above and beyond when it comes to the details. Essentially, you should be thorough in creating your application that if (when!) it is approved, you can pull the trigger and open within a few weeks. This means calling security companies, interior designers, partners, POS vendors, real estate agents, and anyone else who you will need to vet and sign contracts with to get started. Get financial quotes from each of these vendors, and make sure you’re clear about what your start-up costs are.
Keep in mind that all these other businesses are what will make your business successful in the long-term. Don’t panic and start signing up partners you will ultimately struggle to work with. This is not only an important part of your application, but an important part of your inevitable success. Get quotes!
Be financially realistic.
Once you’ve received quotes from partners and third-party vendors, you’ll have a better picture of what it will take for you to actually open your cannabis business. For some, this can be a wake-up call; maybe you need a little more liquid capital than you originally thought. For others, this just verifies that you’re ready to go. Some cities offer bonus points when CPA attests to your financial viability. Submit your financial documents with a seal of approval from a registered accountant to show the city you mean business (literally).
Follow security guidelines.
Make yourself a viable contender in the eyes of whatever city you’re applying for by following security guidelines. Hire a professional to get your on-site security set up: panic buttons, motion sensors, door alarms, vaults, etc. Keep in mind that you are dealing with quite literally with cash and drugs: protect your business and prevent theft. The city doesn’t want to have to spend extra resources investigating any incidents at your business, and they want to see that you take safety seriously.
Compliance also falls under this area of preparation – and applicants frequently get tripped up on compliance issues. The city wants to see if you are going to run an above ground operation. Are you going to pay your taxes, or are you going to run a black market? Show plans for things like inventory control, inventory audits, and commitment to state policies. It’s not enough to make promises: show an action plan including a full inventory sweep every 14 days, for example. Show where on your floor plan you will position cameras, along with the cost per camera and vetted vendor priced out in your business plan.
Have a unique business idea.
In short: branding! California Cannabis CPA experts caution against falling into the “dumb hippie bakeshop” stereotype – unless, of course, that’s a carefully thought through user experience you’re going for. Put a little work into describing what the inside of your dispensary will look like, what the user experience will be, and what your logo and signage will be. What makes you look professional? What sets you apart from every other cannabis store?
Show your role in the community.
As we’ve pointed out in the past, many cannabis business applications have a so-called community section – an opportunity for you to share how you will play a role in supporting the local community. California is well aware that cannabis businesses can expect to rake in the cash: and they want to see how you’re going to add value back to society. Our experts suggest that you select specific causes or community functions with local significance. For example, donating 1-2% of your sales to a local animal shelter is better than saying you’ll send some cash to PETA eventually.
Give yourself enough time.
Our experts recommend giving yourself a full three to four weeks of dedicated time to craft and submit a solid application. That means spending each day drafting contracts, making calls, interviewing potential employees, locating real estate, creating financial projections, and setting up security measures, among other things the application might ask for. Unfortunately, some cities don’t give you the luxury of time: some applications only give you a two week window. In that case, it helps to consult with an expert to prioritize where you can shine on an application.
Has your city announced the opening of their permit application process? Get in touch with California Cannabis CPAs to find out more!
EDITOR'S NOTE: San Bernardino changed it's cannabis application deadline. The new application deadline is June 25, 2018.
There are several important California city due dates approaching! Here’s a quick round-up of the local and city-wide cannabis application deadlines for the month of May. Many of these cities are limiting the number of cannabis licenses available, so competition will be fierce. To give your business the best chance of being approved, work with one of our experts! Later this week, we’ll also be publishing our exclusive tips for submitting the strongest permit application possible.
Culver City Cannabis Application Deadline
Culver City applications due by 5:00PM on Wednesday, May 9. The city will issue a limited number of permits in each of the following categories.
To read more about Culver City’s application process, check out our comprehensive summary.
Moreno Valley Cannabis Application Deadline
Moreno Valley applications are due Friday, May 11. Don’t forget to apply through their online portal. Read more about the application process in our summary.
San Bernardino Cannabis Application Deadline
San Bernardino applications are due Wednesday, May 23. San Bernardino stated that they will be awarding the following licenses, allowing up to 5 in each of the categories until they are taken. Read more about preparing your application in our summary of the city’s requirements.
Colfax Cannabis Application Deadline
Colfax applications are due Monday, June 4. Read our recent blog about the details of applying for their four coveted licenses.
Need some help getting organizing and submitting your city’s application information? Contact us today to get started. Later this week, we’ll have the final part of our Los Angeles cannabis series (read Part 1 and Part 2) as well as everything you need to know to submit a strong permit application – and increase your chances for being approved at any of these cities.
EDITOR'S NOTE: San Bernardino has changed its cannabis application deadline. The new deadline will be June 25, 2018.
Big news: San Bernardino will begin accepting applications for commercial cannabis permits starting April 23, 2018. Here are the full details of the application process to ensure you are fully prepared.
Side note: on April 8, the city released specific ordinances regulating smoking in public, personal cultivation and commercial cannabis activity. Find a summary of those ordinances here.
San Bernardino Cannabis Application Process
On April 23, 2018, San Bernardino will begin accepting license applications for the operation of Commercial Cannabis Businesses (CCB). The city is issuing up to 17 licenses/permits. However, if all 17 licenses are not issued within the first round it is possible the city will open a second round of applications. This is a great opportunity for those who want to get into the cannabis business.
Act quickly as the application period will only be open for one month. The deadline for submitting your application is 4:00PM on May 23, 2018.
So, where do you start?
The city has provided a comprehensive overview of the application procedure guidelines. The actual application can be found here.
The number of each type of commercial cannabis business that shall be permitted to operate in the City shall be established by the Mayor and City Council. At no time shall the total number of permits for all license types exceed one (1) permit per twelve thousand five hundred (12,500) residents of the City as determined by the most recent Population.
We will update you as the city responds to our inquiry.
How will San Bernardino evaluate cannabis license applications?
Applications are evaluated and ranked based on the following:
If you complete Phase 2 with a score of at least an 80%, you will move on to Phase 3. There will be a maximum of 34 applicants that move on to Phase 3. If you make it to Phase 3, there will be an extensive interview process. You can find the details of the process on page 4 of this document.
San Bernardino will begin accepting applications starting April 23, but they close on May 23. With only one month to complete your full application, contact California Cannabis CPA to ensure you have everything in order to nab a commercial cannabis permit!
It’s an exciting time to be a cannabis business in Moreno Valley! Applications are now open for commercial cannabis business permits.
Moreno Valley Cannabis Business License Application
Moreno Valley has set up the full application process through a third party vendor named PlanetBids. To begin the application process, click the link and register as a new vendor. Once you’ve registered, Planetbids will send you a registration email within 24 hours. After you receive this email, the Moreno Valley website suggests searching for bid opportunities and look for invitation number 2018-019.
The PlanetBids site houses the full application and lists the supplemental details and forms you will need to submit for your cannabis business license. You have until May 11, 2018 at 4:00pm to submit for a commercial cannabis permit. Don’t even try to submit an application outside of the PlanetBids system: the city will not accept it. Luckily, if you run into technical issues there is a PlanetBids hotline that can be reached at (818) 992-1771.
Before you apply, Moreno Valley suggests the following:
Remember, a majority of the documents you’ll need to submit (the application, background application, as well as Moreno Valley’s overview on the city’s limitations) are available through PlanetBids.
Details on Applying for a Cannabis License in Moreno Valley
Moreno Valley will evaluate and select candidates based on a points system. Things like location, business plan, safety and security plans, air quality plans & community benefits will be considered. You can review the full details of the point-based system on page six of the Moreno Valley cannabis business application guidelines.
In addition, applications must achieve a minimum of 70% score within each individual category. In order to be eligible for the next step in the application process, you must score an overall grade of 80%. It is likely that scoring an 80% will grant you an interview and move you to the next step. Note that a fee of $1,556 will be due prior to the interview and you will be notified (via email) of next steps.
As Moreno Valley releases additional information about the process and next steps, we will be sure to update you! Act quickly on this one – applications close May 11, 2018. Need help hitting the ground running with your application? Contact California Cannabis CPA today.
California Cannabis Tax Returns are DUE in 1 Week! Plus: Updates in Moreno Valley, Gonzales, West Hollywood and Oxnard
Check out this week’s breaking news from Moreno Valley, Gonzales, West Hollywood and Oxnard. Don’t forget: California cannabis tax returns are due in one week!
Check out these updates from the cities of San Bernardino and Culver City. Plus, news from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA).
Don’t forget, Cannabis tax returns and payment for January 1, 2018, through March 31, 2018 are due April 30, 2018!
Please contact California Cannabis CPA for any assistance with the licensing process.
Los Angeles, California recently released a series of additional regulations to reduce any negative impact or confusion regarding the cannabis industry.
Missed part one in our Los Angeles series? We covered the licenses, rules, and regulations. Today we will review the Los Angeles planning ordinances. Cities often regulate where cannabis activity can be conducted, and Los Angeles is no exception. Here’s what you need to know.
Cannabis Retailers in LA: Type 10 (Retailer) or Type 9 (Non-Storefront Retailer)
Retail cannabis activity can be conducted within ten specific zones located on pages 4-5 at the link. There are also specifics about how close a business can be to other retailers, microbusinesses, schools, alcohol/drug recovery centers, public parks and libraries. In most cases, Type 10 licensees must be at least 700 feet away. There are some exceptions with Type 9 licenses (non-storefront), all of which is listed on page 5 of this document.
Cannabis Microbusinesses in LA: Type 12 (Microbusiness)
Microbusiness commercial cannabis activity can be conducted within four specific zones. There are also rules about how close your business can be schools, public parks, and treatment facilities so pay special attention to the details on page 6 of this document.
Cannabis Indoor Commercial Cannabis Cultivation in LA: Type 1A (Cultivation, Specialty, Indoor), 1C (Cultivation, Specialty Cottage, Small), 2A (Cultivation, Indoor, Small), 3A (Cultivation, Indoor, Medium), 4 (Cultivation, Nursery) and 5 (Cultivation, Indoor, Large)
Indoor cultivation is allowed within the 4 zones detailed on page 7 of this document. Note that indoor activity must also be at least 600 feet away from any schools
Cannabis Manufacturing in LA
Testing Commercial Cannabis Activity in LA: Type 8 (Testing)
Testing is allowed within the seven zones beginning on page 8 of this document. Activity must be conducted at least 600 feet from any school.
Cannabis Commercial Distributors in LA: Type 11 (Distributor)
Distribution is allowed within the four zones outlined on page 9 of this document. Activity must be conducted at least 600 feet from any school.
Details about LA’s Cannabis Zoning Rules
How do you define distance as stated in this document? Distance is defined as the horizontal distance measured in a straight line, from the closest exterior wall of the business. Consider the closet point of property from any school, public park, recovery center or day care center.
Are there exceptions for grandfathered medical marijuana dispensaries? There are specific provisions given to grandfathered and existing marijuana dispensaries. Read this document starting on page 11 for all you need to know about grandfathered existing marijuana dispensaries.
Remember – it’s unlawful to conduct any cannabis activity without being properly licensed! California isn’t messing around.
There are a lot of details involved in making sure you obtain a business within the proper zone. Need help clarifying the details? Contact California Cannabis CPAs today. We’ve helped dozens of cannabis businesses obtain licenses within their desired city and zone.
Colfax, California is now accepting cannabis retail applications. Colfax is ready to issue up to four retail cannabis business permits (two medicinal and two adult use). Due to the limited number, it’s important to get started on your application today.
Since the city states it “may” issue up to four permits, with no guarantee that it will release the full number, you’ll need to make sure your application is right the first time. To get started, download the full application.
Colfax requires two copies of the application be submitted, each one in a three-ring binder. A third copy will be required in PDF format on a flash drive. These details seem trivial, but they are important as you don’t want your application disqualified on arrival.
You will also need to supply proof of the following:
There are four phases to the application process. The details above are part of the first phase. Each of the individual phases will have a separate fee associated with them. If you pass Phase 1, you will be notified if and when you can move to the next phase.
The Evaluation Process
Colfax has provided a very specific points system which they will use to grade cannabis retail license candidates. Review these details carefully to make sure your application has the best chance of approval. If you have any questions about the status of your application, the city has provided the following contact information:
As you fill out the application, be prepared to discuss any history of other licenses you have obtained, past felonies, and a description of your desired business location (include any zoning verification letters). In addition, the city will require:
Applications will close on June 4 at 4:00pm. Applications must be submitted to the Planning Department located at 33 South Main Street, Colfax, CA, 95713.
Submitting an application for a cannabis business permit is no easy feat. Luckily, if you need some guidance, California Cannabis CPA is here to help. Contact us today!
Another week, another round of California cannabis city updates! This week we have news from three California cities: West Hollywood, San Francisco, and Redding.
If you do not qualify for any of the above statements, you will have to wait until 2019 apply. Even 2018 applications are not open quite yet! San Francisco has provided a preliminary checklist of permit application requirements if you would like to get a head start. Once we hear more, including the number of licenses that will be available, we will be sure to update you.
We will continue to keep you updated on the following cities, as well as any other California cities who update their cannabis laws and ordinances. Have questions about applying for a cannabis license? Give us a shout.
Los Angeles is further clarifying their cannabis rules, regulations, and city ordinances to surrounding this growing industry. In this series, we’ll be tackling Los Angeles revised planning ordinances and licensing. First up: the city’s rules and regulations for cannabis businesses.
Los Angeles Cannabis Application Procedure
If you’ve applied for a Los Angeles cannabis license, congratulations in taking the first step towards become a cannabis business owner. If you are still looking to apply, read on!
The Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) plays a crucial role in cannabis licensing. The DCR provides a master license application form to the public. If you applied, every applicant will be given a time stamp on their application to indicate when it was received. If for some reason the DCR determined your application was incomplete, you will be notified.
If you are applying for the first time, your application should include:
Click through for a more detailed list of the application requirements. California Cannabis CPA is also here to help with the details of your application, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
There are a few additional requirements you may be required to meet, depending on the type of license you are planning to acquire. Here are a few extra things you should know:
No matter which license you are applying for, you will be subject to a pre-license inspection. This will likely include employees or agents from the following city or county departments stopping by for a friendly visit: DCR, Building and Safety, Police Department, Fire Department and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Read additional details of the inspection requirements on page eight at the link.
Operational Requirements and Violations
As far as regulation penalties, the city divides violations into minor, moderate and serious offenses. Below is a brief overview of the three categories. These represent a high-level overview of the rules, and if you’d like to read the rules in greater depth, we suggest clicking through to review specific operational violations beginning on page ten.
An offense is considered minor if….
It is your responsibility to maintain the following records for at least seven years. It is considered a serious violation if you do not!
The Los Angeles Rules and Regulations are incredibly extensive and although this list goes into great detail, it does not cover them all. California Cannabis CPA is here to walk you through the extensive steps in order to secure a license. Contact us today to get started.
Another week, another round of California cannabis city updates. Don’t forget – there are some important deadlines coming up if you’re opening a cannabis business in Lake Elsinore, Colfax or Moreno Valley.
Don’t forget! In the last few weeks we shared some information about the following cities. But the dates are so important, they are worth mentioning again.
With these important deadlines around the corner, make sure you get your application in order! These licenses are very competitive, so if you need assistance, contact California Cannabis CPA today to get started.
Newsflash: this month, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) proposed new emergency regulations that would allow cannabis manufacturers to share facilities. These regulations are going to be filed on April 3, 2018, with an ensuing five-day public comment period until April 8, 2018.
These regulations intend to offer ways for small manufacturing businesses to enter the cannabis market at a lower start-up cost. Here’s what you need to know about the proposed regulations.
How do I get a Type S License?
Here is a quick overview of what you need to apply for your Type S License.
To get a Type S license, an applicant must fall into the Tier I or Tier II fee categories:
Lastly, “cannabis manufacturing” means that a licensee can participate in the following activities:
The application will be available on the CDPH website after the public review period has closed.
How do I register a shared-use facility?
If you are a cannabis manufacturer with a Type 7, Type 6, or N license, you can register your location for shared-use. As part of the approval process, you must apply for a Type S license. This is similar in structure to a commercial kitchen or coworking space in that it allows companies to share space and equipment. Note that the location where the cannabis shared-use license is held may only be used for cannabis-specific manufacturing activities.
To register as a shared-use facility, you must submit the following information:
Why should I be interested in a shared-use facility?
The emergency regulations aim to provide equity among cannabis manufacturing companies who have limited access to the cannabis market. Many local regulations and zoning restrictions prevent cannabis manufacturers from operating in accessible neighborhoods. Likewise, the cost of opening and operating a manufacturing plant can disqualify new businesses from getting off the ground due to exorbitant costs. The state intends to ease that burden while providing a new source of revenue for existing operations who wish to share their space.
To review the details of the proposed regulations and a fact sheet with instructions for submitting public comment, visit the CDPH website and speak with one of our professionals about the process for sharing your manufacturing operation.
The deadline to procure a cannabis business license in Lake Elsinore is fast approaching. Applications have been open since March 1, 2018 and will close on April 15, 2018 – so it’s important to begin the process today!
Cultivation and Manufacturing
The City of Lake Elsinore will now allow for cultivation, testing and manufacturing in specific light industrial (M-1) and heavy industrial (M-2) zones. However, there are limits to the amount of facilities that may open within each zone. A maximum of ten total cannabis-related facilities will be allowed (five within each zone).
Limited retail and distribution uses are only permitted as accessory use to an approved facility permitted for cultivation or manufacturing. The City expressly states that they are open to adding additional businesses in the future, should they see economic benefits.
Not surprisingly, the application process can be a bit extensive. Here is what you need to get started:
The city will look for several things when evaluating your application:
Your location must also be entirely indoors (excluding greenhouses) and all operators must not have any kind of criminal history.
The city has provided a map of the M1 and M2 zones. This map will provide a high-level view of the areas in which the land-use zoning is allowed.
If you have questions about the application or the Lake Elsinore permit approval process, you can call the city at this number: 951-674-3124. Since the April 15, 2018 deadline is quickly approaching please contact California Cannabis CPA for immediate assistance in submitting your application.
On April 2, Colfax and Moreno Valley will begin accepting cannabis permit applications. Plus: updates from Riverside and the Emergency CDPH regulations that prove sharing really is caring.
A cannabis manufacturer with a Type 6, 7 or N license would need to register their facility as a “shared-use facility”. If this facility is approved, the manufacturer that wants to use the space needs to apply for a Type S license. This brings about new and exciting opportunities as larger manufacturers could make use of empty space and provide them to smaller manufacturers that don’t want to invest in their own independent locations. Should everything be approved on April 13, 2018 – all applications will be available directly on the CDPH website.
We will continue to update you on the status of the above cities, as well as other open cannabis applications. We have helped dozens of cannabis businesses fast-track their applications and enter the cannabis market successfully. Get in touch with our experts to start your business today.
The city of El Cerrito, California is currently issuing operating permits for cannabis retail businesses. Applications are due by Friday, March 30, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. In addition, El Cerrito will only be issuing a maximum of TWO operating permits for cannabis retail businesses. Therefore, it’s imperative to submit all application information quickly and accurately. Let’s take a quick look at what is needed.
El Cerrito was kind enough to provide an application checklist. This is a great resource to utilize while applying. Remember, with a maximum of 2 permits, it’s important everything is done right the first time. Below is a list of the important items required, but be sure to refer back to this checklist before submitting.
Future cannabis retail businesses are only permitted in the San Pablo Avenue Specific Plan Area. In addition, they are permitted on the San Pablo Avenue Commercial and San Pablo Avenue Community street types.
If a business is within the theater district designation, cannabis storefront retail is only allowed in the upper floor locations. However, there must be access to an elevator. If an elevator is not available, a building official must approve another means of accessibility. In addition:
El Cerrito is expected to publish specific land use buffers within their online zoning map in the coming weeks. Join our mailing list and we will notify you when they become available.
Ready to Apply?
The city references Senior Planner Sean Moss as a resource should you have specific questions regarding the application process. You must submit all questions by TODAY Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
Are you ready to submit your Operating Permit Application and start a dispensary? We’ve helped countless of cannabis businesses secure permits in California and would be thrilled to help you do the same. Contact us today.
March Madness is here, and no, we’re not talking about basketball season. Besides preparing your tax return, it's also the time to make sure you're keeping track of permit deadlines. Culver City approved a cannabis regulatory ordinance, officially amending the municipal code on commercial cannabis businesses. As a result, they’ve made a number of cannabis business permits available to applicants during the month of March!
All cannabis businesses within Culver City are required to obtain a cannabis business permit in order to legally operate. The city is releasing a limited number of permits for manufacturing, distribution, cultivation, testing, and delivery-only retail businesses. The process is going to be quite competitive, so if you need assistance preparing your application, please get in touch with one of our experts.
The following numbers are a guideline to what type of permits and the quantity that will be available.
Both commercial outdoor cultivation and commercial mixed-light cultivation will remain prohibited. Here’s what you need to know to submit the best application possible.
Storefront Retail Permit Application and Selection Process
Culver City’s cannabis business permit application and selection process is established by City Council. Click through to download a copy of the storefront retail business application.
The above document outlines the 9-page application guidelines and selection process for storefront retail businesses. Here’s a glimpse of what the process looks like:
Applicants will be reviewed by a three person panel which is appointed by the city manager. This panel will rank each applicant. The 3 – 6 applicants ranked highest proceed to Step 1(b).
Then, a 5-person review committee conducts panel interviews with remaining applicants. You will be required to have 2/3 of your largest individual equity holders present at the interview. Points will be assigned and the 3 applicants with the highest score will receive an approval letter to proceed.
The applicant will then apply for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) in addition to Los Angeles County Permits. A public meeting must be held, requiring you share details of your plan and CUP. Then, the city council will approve or deny the storefront retail cannabis business permit.
If approved, the applicant must apply for a business license tax certificate and fees must be paid. A detailed business plan must be submitted that includes, but is not limited to, such items as employee training plans, security plans and design/location of the facility.
To review the full details for storefront retail businesses, please refer directly to Culver City’s website.
Manufacturing, Distribution, Cultivation, Laboratory, Testing, and Delivery-Only Retail Business Application
If your cannabis business falls under the non-storefront retail business category, you can find details regarding the Culver City application here. The document at the link outlines key application guidelines and selection process for manufacturing, distribution, cultivation, laboratory testing and delivery-only retail businesses. Here are a few highlights of what to expect during the application process:
Next, the applicant will apply for a business tax certificate, Los Angeles county and city permits. A cannabis business application (part 2) will be submitted and the applicant will be notified when approved with a step 3 approval letter.
The applicant is then required to pay building permit fees and complete the desired build-out. Inspections will be performed throughout the process. To have the best chance of having your application approved, we recommend carefully reviewing the steps and requirements on Culver City’s website
Please note that there are separate requirements for testing laboratories. You can find those requirements by clicking through to page two of this document.
There are several additional details such as the special cannabis tax, operating requirements, public health requirements and zoning maps. Familiarize yourself with these details available on Culver City’s cannabis specific page.
Because of the limited licenses available to Culver City applicants, we suggest you consult with one of our experts to give your application the best chance possible of approval. Get in touch so we can help prepare your cannabis business, and sign up for our email newsletter for future updates from Culver City.
This week we have some announcements about the application and licensing status of the California cities of El Cerrito, Lake Elsinore, Avalon and City of Montebello.
Applications were opened March 1, 2018 and will close April 15, 2018.
We will provide expanded blogs for several of these cities to provide further application and license details. Contact California Cannabis CPA if you would like further information about any of the above license applications. We look forward to updating you about each of the above cities as additional information becomes available.
Soon, the popular city of Santa Ana, California will be opening up Phase II of the regulatory safety permit process. The city’s population of 350,000 residents makes Santa Ana a prime market for cannabis businesses. On November 9, 2017, the City Council approved an ordinance allowing for adult-use commercial cannabis retail businesses. The new ordinance went into effect on Monday, December 11, 2017.
The new ordinance allowed for up to 30 adult-use commercial cannabis retail locations; co-location with medicinal licenses is permitted. No other type of commercial cannabis business activity is permitted, including manufacturing, distribution, cultivation, testing, or microbusiness. It’s important to note Phase I ended on March 1, but good news: Phase II is opening soon.
Phase I Applications
Santa Ana closed Phase I (Registration Application) on Thursday, March 1, 2018. The city held an information session for "newcomer" applicants on January 17, 2018 to discuss the new ordinance, the Phase I application process, and to answer questions from attendees. If you want to see what went on, check out the PowerPoint presentation from the information session.
How were commercial cannabis businesses selected?
Click through for details on the selection process and the applications requirements found in the new adult-use commercial cannabis ordinance.
While meeting to discuss updates to the application process, the Santa Ana city council updated zoning regulations for cannabis businesses. If you’re looking to start a commercial cannabis retail store, please note the following ordinances related to the location of your business. The following buffer distance measurements must be met in Santa Ana:
Click through for a detailed map of commercial cannabis zoning here.
What’s next for cannabis businesses in Santa Ana?
All applicants who submitted within the the 30-day “Phase I” will be notified of their outcome soon. Eligible applicants will be invited to apply for Phase II, the Regulatory Safety Permit. When further updates are available, California Cannabis CPA will be sure to notify you.
Missed the first deadline? Santa Ana will accept new each year between April 1 and April 30. If you submit during this period, you will be placed on the waitlist and reviewed as further licenses become available. To apply, make sure to download the application form and review all necessary materials provided by Santa Ana.
It’s important to understand that the City will not be holding a new lottery, so even when you submit an application, you will still wait to receive permission to move on to the next phase. This approval process can be lengthy and expensive: we suggest that you consult with one of our experts before beginning the application process in Santa Ana. Likewise, if you want to begin preparing for Phase II of the regulatory permit process, please contact California Cannabis CPAs.
The City of Carson in Los Angeles County is accepting commercial cannabis center applications until April 19, 2018. The city allows a total of four centers. Each center can have multiple licenses on one parcel or contagious parcels. The following are the license types available:
Where to start: the main application
Filling out this application is the first step in the process. Before getting started, be advised of the following details:
What are the steps after I submit my application?
Here is the procedure regarding how an application is chosen and what happens after.
The application will require you check the applicable types of commercial cannabis operations to use the commercial cannabis center. The options include indoor cultivation, testing, wholesale distribution, manufacturing and mixed light cultivation.
What are the zoning requirements?
Click through for a map of the eligible and ineligible locations for a cannabis operation.
What other documents do I need to submit?
Please attach the following documents to your application, both for the commercial cannabis center as well as for all commercial cannabis operations presently seeking use of the center. Documentation for commercial cannabis operations, subsequently (at the time of this application) seeking use of the center, shall be timely submitted before any such operations commence at the center.
What financial information is required?
The City is also interested in obtaining your financial and business information for your City of Carson application. Here are the items they require:
Click through for a full checklist of all required information is included on page 14 of this document.
The City of Carson also released the following supplemental applications:
The City of Carson also asks that you use these specific forms to comply with section D(5) of the main application.
Looking for some assistance with this arduous process to make sure you get it right the first time? Contact California Cannabis CPA today to get started.