Cannabis Business Registration

In 2018, San Francisco will accept applications for medicinal and adult use commercial cannabis permits.

If you are conducting cannabis activity in San Francisco, you must register with the Office of Cannabis by 5pm PST, November 30, 2017. This will allow you to seek a temporary permit to operate your medicinal cannabis business in 2018.

Operators permitted under Article 33 of the San Francisco Health Code (MCDs), or in the process of getting a permit to operate a retail location and have a hearing scheduled at the Planning Commission cannot register now. The Office of Cannabis will contact MCDs about a separate application process.

The legislation before the Board of Supervisors contemplates only giving temporary permit holders, equity applicants, and Compassionate Use Act of 1996 compliant operators that were shut down by federal action access to permanent permit applications for adult use and medical commercial cannabis activity in 2018.

If you have questions on the process or on the information required, email

From your Business Registration Certificate

Copy the information below directly from your Business Registration Certificate. Your business must be registered before September 26, 2017. If you haven't registered, you can still apply for a certificate that shows your original date of operation.

Name of the parent company or, if no parent company, owner’s last name, first name.

About Your Business

When did your cannabis business start operating in this location?

Date your business started operating

Proof of the date your business started conducting medical cannabis activity at this location

You can include articles of incorporation, invoices, transaction history, rent, utility bills and any other documents we can use to confirm you were operating on that date. Upload scans or photos from a smartphone as .jpeg, .jpg, .png, .pdf, .doc or .docx files.

Upload .jpg, .pdf...
Maximum 20 files.
10 MB limit.
Allowed types: jpeg jpg png pdf doc docx.

Do you have any permits, licences or registrations for this address?

This is not mandatory. Giving us copies of your Seller's Permit, Hazardous Materials Permit and any other permits, licenses or registrations may speed up the inspection and approval process.

Upload scans or photos from a smartphone for all documents you hold.

Upload 1 file
Maximum 20 files.
10 MB limit.
Allowed types: jpeg jpg png pdf doc docx.

Do you own or lease your business premises?

Upload a copy of the deed as a scan or a photo from your smartphone.

Upload 2 documents:

  • your lease
  • a statement from the landowner (or that landowner’s agent) of real property where the commercial cannabis activity is occurring, as proof that the landowner has acknowledged and consented to the activity being conducted on the property
Upload notarized letter
Maximum 2 files.
10 MB limit.
Allowed types: jpeg jpg png pdf doc docx.


Enter your address on the San Francisco Property Information Map to find your zoning information.

Enter number from the Property tab in Step 2 on
Enter data from the Zoning tab in Step 2 on


What permit type(s) do you intend to apply for at this address in 2018?
Check all that apply.

This is for our information, not an application for this type of permit.

Do you have another cannabis business premises?

Revision information

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