Cannabis Cultivation License

A business that grows cannabis for commercial 
purposes needs a cannabis cultivation license. Cultivation includes growing clones, immature plants and mature (or flowering) plants. Cannabis nurseries who sell seeds, clones, or immature plants also need a cannabis cultivation business license. 

Long Beach only allows indoor cultivation facilities. Outdoor and mixed light cultivation is prohibited. 

Currently, the City of Long Beach does not allow or license processor cultivation businesses. 

Are you an existing medical cannabis cultivator? 

Want to do both adult-use and medical cultivation?

Existing medical cannabis cultivators in Long Beach may apply to co-locate (perform both medical and adult-use cultivation). Effective February 9, 2019, any medical cultivator that applies to conduct adult-use cultivation at their proposed or existing location must also meet the new zoning and location requirements for adult-use cannabis businesses. 

What size cultivator are you?

State License Type Description
Specialty Cottage Indoor Indoor cultivation site with 500 square feet or less of total canopy. 
Specialty Indoor Indoor cultivation site between 501 and 5,000 square feet of total canopy. 
Small Indoor Indoor cultivation site between 5,001 and 10,000 square feet of total canopy. 
Medium Indoor Indoor cultivation site between 10,001 and 22,000 square feet of total canopy. 
Nursery Conducts the cultivation of cannabis solely as a nursery. 


Application Process Overview

Step 1

If applying for an adult-use cannabis business license, determine your status as an Equity Business through the Office of Cannabis Oversight. 

Step 2 Submit a completed Cannabis Cultivation Business License Application along with all supporting documents by mail to the Long Beach Business License Division. 

Long Beach City Hall
411 W. Ocean Blvd., 2nd Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802

Step 3 After submitting the application to Business License, Zoning reviews the business location for buffers, zoning, and parking requirements
Step 4 Receive a bill in the mail and submit check for application fees
Step 5 Business License will review the application and all supplemental documents for completeness.  
Step 6 The applicant will receive an email and letter from Business License that the application is complete and can proceed in the process. 
Step 7

Once the application is deemed complete, the applicant will receive a Letter of Local Authorization to apply for a State cannabis license.

Step 8 The applicant continues through the Department Reviews & Inspections process.
Step 9

Department inspections are finalized, and departments submit their approvals in the online licensing system. 

Step 10

The business license is mailed to the business in 3 to 5 business days. 

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