What to do
1. Check if you can apply
All businesses that cultivate, manufacture, distribute, sell, and test cannabis in San Francisco must have both a city Cannabis Permit and a California license.
Only Equity Applicants, Equity Incubators, or preexisting cannabis businesses can apply for a permit now.
2. Find a location
3. Set up your business
4. Apply for Cannabis Permit Part 1
The Office of Cannabis will send you a link to Part 1 of the form, if you are eligible.
The Office of Cannabis will check your proposed location and your owners’ backgrounds.
5. Meet with your neighbors
6. Meet with other departments
If your location is viable, you will be referred to SF Planning. You can also meet with other departments before you get plan checks for building permits.
7. Get building permits
8. Plan how you will run your business
9. Set up staffing
10. Apply for your state license
Retailers, delivery, distributors, and testing laboratories can apply online at the Bureau of Cannabis Control website.
Manufacturers can apply online at the California Department of Public Health website.
Cultivators can apply online at the CalCannabis website.
You will also get a background check for the state license application.
11. Post your cannabis business permit
We will email you a PDF of your permit. You must post it in your business location.
12. Open your cannabis business
You will renew your cannabis permit every year. We’ll ask for updated owner information every 2 years.
Last updated October 11, 2019