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Apply for a Cannabis Business License

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This page contains checklists, forms, and other resources you’ll need to apply for a cannabis business license with the City of Portland.
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Application and License Fees

TypeAnnual Application FeeAnnual License Fee
Retailer, Producer, Processor,
Wholesaler, Medical Dispensary
$500 $3,500 
Retail Courier, Micro-Wholesaler,
Micro-Producer Tier 1 & 2 
$200 $1,000 

Application Checklists

Looking to apply for a license? Click one of the hyperlinks below to get a checklist for your application type. These lists will guide you through everything you need before submitting your application!

Application Forms

New License Applications

  • Marijuana Regulatory License Application: Use this form to apply for a license to produce, process, and sell cannabis and cannabis products. Get form here.
  • Marijuana Control Plan: Use this form to describe how your business will ensure the legal sale and use of cannabis and limit the impact of your business on the surrounding neighborhood. Get form here.
  • Personal History Form: Use this form to list  owners, operators, and contact information for your business. Get form here.
  • OLCC Land Use Compatibility Statement (LUCS) Form: The city uses this form to determine if a land use proposal is in line with local government land use plans and regulations. Check out this LUCS walkthrough. Get form here.

License Renewal Applications

  • Renewal Information Form: Use this form to renew a license to produce,  process, and sell cannabis and cannabis products. Get form here.
  • Marijuana Regulatory License Application: Use this form to apply for a license to produce,  process, and sell cannabis and cannabis products. Get form here.
  • Marijuana Control Plan: Use this form to describe how your business will ensure the legal sale and use of cannabis and limit the impact of your business on the surrounding neighborhood. Get form here.
  • Personal History Form: Use this form to owners, operators, and contact information for your business. Get form here.

Reduced Fee Program

Do you have a small cannabis business? Have staff or owners impacted by cannabis convictions? Contract with vendors on Oregon's Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, and Emerging Small Business (MWESB) list? If you answered "yes" to any of the questions, you may be eligible for our Reduced Fee Program which includes a reduction in permit fees. Find out more and how to apply here.

Deadline Extension and Deferred Payment Applications

  • Deadline Extension Request: Use this form to request a deadline extension. If you are not granted an extension, your deadline remains your original deadline. Get form here.
  • Deferred Payment Plan Request Form: Use this form to request payment deferral for your license fee. Get form here.

Resources

Map Showing Medical Dispensaries, Marijuana Retailers, and K-12 Schools: Portland City Code 14B.130 requires Medical Dispensaries and Marijuana Retailers to be at least 1,000 feet from K-12 schools. The map ONLY shows locations for which the Cannabis Program has received an application for a Medical Dispensary or Marijuana Retailer, as well as K-12 schools. This map is NOT updated in real time. There may be schools, Medical Dispensaries or Marijuana Retailers that are licensed or whose applications are under review that are not shown on this map. Applicants CANNOT and SHOULD NOT rely on this map for verification that a Medical Dispensary or Marijuana Retailer location is further than 1,000 feet from a school. You can access the map here.

Portland Cannabis Application Frequently Asked Questions: Learn about our program, what we do and why we're here! Read FAQs here.

Building Permits: Cannabis production and processing facilities typically need several building permits to legally operate. Applicants should consult with design professionals as part of their planning process. In most circumstances, plans must be stamped by an architect or licensed engineer to comply with state building code requirement.

  • Cannabis Facilities Code Guide: This document provides information on commercial building and mechanical permitting for cannabis businesses. Read more. 
  • Commercial Permitting: For more information on commercial permitting, please visit the Bureau of Development Services (BDS). Visit their website here.
  • Cannabis Industry Guide: This documentis designed to help you successfully navigate Civic Life and BDS requirements Read more.

Portland City Code (PCC) 14B.130: Portland's Marijuana Policy Program is guided by PCC 14B.130, and changes can ONLY be made in a vote from Portland City Council; our program cannot change this on our own. Read city code here.

Administrative Guidelines: Administrative guidelines on application procedures and processes. Read guidelines here.

Cannabis Facilities Code Guide: Guide for commercial building and mechanical permitting for cannabis businesses. Read code guide here.

Information on laboratories and research facilities: If you are a marijuana laboratory or research facility, please visit this page for important information about licensing.

Public records request: Make a public records request here.

Information on marijuana taxes: The State of Oregon is responsible for collecting BOTH the 17% State tax AND the 3% City tax on  Adult-use marijuana sales. Please click this link for more information.

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