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 by license type

Applying for a license

Forms

Include this form with your license application:

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

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.

Use the instructions for distributors or retailers to prepare your license application.

Forms

Include these forms with your license application:

You may also need these forms to show you complied with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA):

Changing or updating your license

Use the notification and request form (Form DCC-LIC-027) to update your license or request a change

Using the online licensing system

Use these instructions to prepare your license application.

Forms

Include these forms with your license application:

You may also need these forms to show you complied with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA):

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 (Form DCC-LIC-027) to update your license or request a change.

Using the online licensing system

Use these instructions to prepare your license application.

Forms

Include these forms with your license application:

If you’re going to cultivate cannabis, you must also include:

If you’re going to sell products by delivery, you must include your delivery procedures.

You may also need these forms to show you complied with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA):

Changing or updating your license

Use the notification and request form (Form DCC-LIC-027) to update your license or request a change

Using the online licensing system

Cannabis event organizer

Use these instructions to prepare your license application.

Include these forms with your license application:

Temporary cannabis event

Use these instructions to prepare your license application.

Include these forms with your license application:

Changing or updating your license

Use the notification and request form (Form DCC-LIC-027) to update your license or request a change

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