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BCC Addresses Changes to Obtain Provisional Cannabis Licenses

SACRAMENTO – With the passage of Assembly Bill 97 and Senate Bill 97, the requirements to obtain a provisional commercial cannabis license in California have changed. An applicant is no longer required to hold or have held a temporary license to obtain a provisional license.  

provisional license may now be issued if an applicant has submitted a completed annual license application to the Bureau, including evidence that compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (Division 13 (commencing with Section 21000) of the Public Resources Code) and compliance with local ordinances enacted pursuant to Section 26200 are either completed or underway. 

Please note that if you already have a pending annual license application with the Bureau, you do not need to submit a separate provisional license application. We will be reviewing the application to determine if the applicant may be issued a provisional license and will contact the applicant if additional information is required.

Applicants who wish to obtain a provisional license but have not yet submitted an annual license application may now do so by registering an account on the Bureau’s online self-service portal. The link to the Bureau’s Online Licensing System can be found here:

For more information on how to fully utilize the online system, including instructions for completing and submitting an application, users can check out the website’s e-Learning portal located here:

Alternatively, applicants may also apply for a license by filling out the paper application forms listed on our website and submitting them by email, mail, or in person at one of our two office locations:

Office Headquarters: 2920 Kilgore Road, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

North Coast Regional Office: 930 Sixth Street, Eureka, CA 95501

If you are contacted by the Bureau requesting additional information regarding your submitted application, please respond promptly so that processing of a provisional license is not delayed.

The Bureau of Cannabis Control is the lead agency in regulating commercial cannabis licenses for medical and adult-use cannabis in California. The Bureau is responsible for licensing retailers, distributors, testing laboratories, microbusinesses, and temporary cannabis events. For more information about our agency, please visit the Bureau’s website. To learn more about California’s three cannabis licensing authorities and the other state agencies contributing to cannabis regulatory efforts, please visit California’s Cannabis Portal.

Those looking to get in touch with the Bureau of Cannabis Control may contact us directly through email at

Published: July 03, 2019

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