Reminder: Deadline Approaching for Equity Applicants

Per Business and Professions Code 26050.2 (a) (3) (D), equity applicants have until March 31, 2023 to submit an application to the Department to be considered for a provisional license.

Due to Cesar Chavez Day, a state holiday, the Department will accept applications for provisional equity licenses until Monday, April 3, 2023.  Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m.

Here is a checklist to assist you with submitting a provisional license application:

  • Review current regulations for application requirements
  • Gather and submit all requirements in accordance with California Code of Regulations section 15002 and 15011
  • Follow the online instructions for how to apply
  • Reach out to your local jurisdiction for authorization
  • Provide CEQA documentation showing proof your environmental review is underway
  • For cultivation licenses, provide a final streambed alteration agreement or documentation from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife that meets the requirements of section 15001.1(c)(2) of DCC’s regulations
  • Make sure you are not requesting a license that exceeds one acre of outdoor cultivation, 22,000 square feet of mixed-light or indoor cultivation, or licenses on contiguous premises that exceed these size limitations
  • If paying your application fee by cash, make an appointment to pay before the April 3, 2023 deadline by emailing [email protected]

If you are a local equity business and have already submitted an application for a provisional license, be sure to check the application portal and your email inbox to ensure all application requirements have been completed.

To learn more about local equity applicant qualifications, please send an email to [email protected] or visit our website at

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