(Title and Section Amended by Ord. No. 187,879, Eff. 6/2/23.)
(a) Temporary Approval Application – Filing. A Temporary Approval Application shall be filed following: (1) a determination that the Pre-Application Record is eligible for further processing pursuant to Section 104.03(a); (2) the submission to DCR's Licensing Portal of all completed Temporary Approval information, forms, and documents required by the Rules and Regulations; and (3) and the payment of the applicable application fee(s) for each Commercial Cannabis Activity pursuant to Section 104.19. The Temporary Approval Application shall be abandoned if requested information or documents are not submitted, or fees are not paid, within the allotted time.
(b) Temporary Approval. DCR may, at its discretion, issue Temporary Approval to engage in Commercial Cannabis Activity, provided that the Applicant pays the Temporary Approval Application Fee for each Commercial Cannabis Activity, pursuant to Section 104.19, and the following requirements are met: (1) the Temporary Approval Application is filed pursuant to subsection (a); (2) the Business Premises passes an Initial Inspection; and (3) if applicable, any Applicant subject to Section 104.20 provide all business records and agreements necessary to demonstrate that the Social Equity Individual Applicant owns at least the minimum Equity Share required under Section 104.20(a)(2). An Applicant seeking Temporary Approval shall submit all required information, forms, and documents through the DCR Licensing Portal within one (1) calendar year of the date DCR notifies the Applicant by electronic mail that the Pre-Application Record is eligible for further processing, or the Temporary Approval Application shall be abandoned pursuant to Section 104.03(f).
(c) Issuance of Temporary Approval does not create a vested right in the holder to either a renewal of the Temporary Approval, or to the issuance of a subsequent Annual License. Temporary Approval authorizes the Licensee to conduct Commercial Cannabis Activity(ies), subject to the Licensee obtaining all necessary permits, licenses, or other authorizations required by law from the City, State or other public agencies. Temporary Approval does not waive or otherwise circumvent other City or State requirements or necessary permits from the City, State, or other public agencies, including, but not limited, to, a Certificate of Occupancy, permit or authorization of the Los Angeles Fire Department, health permit from the County of Los Angeles, or a State License. A Licensee with Temporary Approval shall follow all applicable Rules and Regulations as would be required if the Applicant held an Annual License of the same type.
(d) If, at any time during the processing of an Application or after the issuance of Temporary Approval, it is discovered that an Application has been improperly prepared or required information, forms or documents have not been submitted in accordance with this article or the Rules and Regulations, upon notification to the Applicant, processing of that Application shall be suspended until the Application has been corrected or the required information, forms or documents are provided.
(f) DCR shall cease accepting new Temporary Approval Applications from Social Equity Applicants by July 31, 2023. DCR may accept timely Temporary Approval renewal applications from Social Equity Applicants until February 28, 2027.
(g) Any Temporary Approval issued for calendar year 2027 may not be renewed and shall expire on December 31, 2027, after 11:59 p.m.
(h) Any Temporary Approval Application abandoned under Section 104.03(f) after July 1, 2023, shall be refiled as an Annual Application.