Application resources

Application resources

Starting a legal cannabis business in California takes time, effort, organization and planning. To help, we created resources to help you apply for a license and technical guides for the licensing systems.

The documents on this page were created prior to the creation of the Department of Cannabis Control (DCC). Some of them still have logos or contact information for the three former state cannabis programs. We intend to update them with DCC information. You can still use them as resources until we do.

Resources for all applicants

Applying for a license

Application checklist

Premises diagram checklist

Forms

These forms are optional. They may help you submit required information.

Notifications and requests

Use the notification and request form (Form DCC-LIC-027) to update your license or request a change. Use Form DCC-LIC-029 if you are a testing laboratory.

Use the notification and request form for regulatory compliance (DCC-LIC-028) for other changes.

Additional resources by license type

Forms

Include this form with your license application:

DCC may also request these forms, if needed during application review:

After you submit your application

Renewing your license

Using the online licensing system

  • Do not use your browser’s back button.
  • When signing your name, select Accept below the signature block before selecting Next.
  • You can only upload files 50 MB or smaller.

Forms

DCC may request these forms, if needed during application review:

Using the online licensing system

Forms

Include these forms with your license application:

After you receive a license

Use the data package cover page and checklist form (Form DCC-LIC-024) to submit test results.

Use the notification and request form for testing laboratories (Form DCC-LIC-029) to update your license or request a change.

Using the online licensing system

Forms

Submit the forms required for each license activity you are applying for.

Using the online licensing system

Temporary cannabis event

Include these forms with your license application:

Using the online licensing system

How we review license applications

The Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) reviews license applications in the order we receive them. The application review process takes time. The more complete your information, the faster the review process will be.  

During the review process, DCC staff will:  

  • Check that your application is complete
  • Contact the city or county where your business is located to confirm that you meet local requirements
  • Review your business owners’ criminal history, if any
  • Review the information you submitted to make sure your business meets the requirements

We will contact you if your application is incomplete. If we contact you:

  • Stay in contact with us as you resolve the issue
  • Provide what’s needed as soon as possible to reduce delays in issuing your license