Commercial Cannabis

In April, 2021, the Daly City City Council approved two ordinances which create the foundations for commercial cannabis operations to legally locate within the City. City Staff are accepting Commercial Cannabis Business License Application submittals from September 1, 2021, through October 1, 2021.

Apply for a Commercial Cannabis Business License:

In order to apply for a Commercial Cannabis Business License, Applicants must complete a Commercial Cannabis Business License Application and submit it to the Department of Economic & Community Development by 5pm on October 1, 2021. Please use the link below to access Daly City's Commercial Cannabis Business License Application (updated 9/2/2021):


Approved Cannabis Ordinances:

Allowed Uses:

  • Cannabis retailers (brick-and-mortar, delivery, medical)
  • Testing laboratories

Commercial Cannabis Eligibility Zone Map:

As specified in the Commercial Cannabis Zoning district ordinance, cannabis retailers can locate within designated eligibility zones as shown in the map below:

Cannabis Overlay Image

For a more detailed view of each of the eligibility zones shown on the map above, please review the City's supplementary Cannabis Overlay Atlas.

Commercial Cannabis Eligibility Zone Details:

As specified in the approved Cannabis ordinances linked above, only one cannabis retail operation can locate within each of the six commercial cannabis eligibility zones - capping the total number of cannabis retail operations in the City at 6.

Lottery Selection Process:

Once the City opens-up the commercial cannabis business license application acceptance window and receives applications from interested retail cannabis operators, City Staff will review submitted commercial cannabis business license applications to ensure that they meet the minimum criteria and categorize received eligible applications by Eligibility Zone as shown on the map above. 

Once categorized, City Staff shall randomly select one eligible application for each Eligibility Zone unless no applications have been received for a given Eligibility Zone. Selected applicants shall be issued a provisional commercial cannabis business license with an invitation to apply for a formal commercial cannabis business license pending final verification of security plans and site control in the form of an executed lease or property ownership.

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