Medical Marijuana Licenses

 Medical Marijuana Applications will be accepted Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 3:30pm.

Please bring your completed application package and all required documents when you come to the Department of Excise and Licenses. Our staff can answer your questions about the licensing process, but cannot provide legal or business advice.

Medical marijuana businesses must be licensed by both the City of Denver's Department of Excise and Licenses and the State of Colorado's Marijuana Enforcement Division.

The Department of Excise and Licenses issues three types of medical marijuana licenses:

  • Medical Marijuana Center License (MMC)
  • Medical Marijuana Optional Premises Cultivation License (OPC)
  • Medical Marijuana Infused Products Manufacturing License (MIPs)


Please see the following guidelines for Medical Marijuana Establishment licensing procedures:

MME Licensing Procedures 

Please see "Applying for a License" below for specific requirements and documents for each type of license.

Applying for a New License

Application fee for all Medical Marijuana Establishments:  $2,000

License fee for all Medical Marijuana Establishments: $3,000 per year

  • Denver medical marijuana licenses are valid for a one-year period from the date of issuance. Licensees may pay license fees on an annual basis.

Transfer of Ownership fee: $100

Modification of Premises fee: $150

Transfer of Location fee: $750

Depending upon the type of license and type of filing, different documents may be required.

Medical Marijuana Establishment Licensing Procedures 

MME License Application 

MME Modification of Premises   

MME Transfer of Location  

MME Transfer of Ownership 

Surety Bond for MMC 

**In addition to all other required documents, applicants applying for Transfer of Ownership need to provide an "Operating Agreement" or "Bill of Sale."

** In addition to all other required documents, applicants applying for Change of Location must submit a zone use permit and a copy of the license from the previous location.


We recommend you enlist the services of a professional to develop plans for structural, electrical, zoning and fire prevention elements of your building.

Once all application forms and requirements are satisfactorily completed, the Department will issue an Inspection Card to the applicant. Applicants must schedule and complete the following inspections prior to issuance of the license.

  • Environmental Health:        (720) 865-5401
  • Fire:                                    (720) 913-3409
  • Neighborhood Inspections: 311
  • Excise and Licenses:         (720) 865-2746 (Last inspection, call when all other inspections have been completed)

Steps for Review and Approval Process:

Complete application forms and submit all required documents.

Complete inspections and return Inspection Card to Excise and Licenses.

Licenses is approved and issued.

Renew a Business License

Renew in Person 

  • Come to the Department of Excise and Licenses office.
  • Request a renewal for your business license.
  • Once all documentation has been reviewed, you will be issued an invoice.
  • Take the invoice to the cashier and pay the $3000 renewal license fee. Your business license will be printed.

Renew by Mail 
You can mail a $3000 check made payable to the Manager of Finance.  Be sure to include your Business File Number (BFN) on your check. Your Business File Number is located on your license in the upper, left hand quadrant. 

Office Hours and Location 
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Webb Municipal Office Building 
201 W. Colfax Avenue, 2nd Floor 

All City Services: 311 

Mailing Information 
Department of Excise and Licenses 
201 W. Colfax Ave Dept. 206 
Denver, CO 80202

Additional Resources

Denver Medical Marijuana Code, Chapter 24, Article XII, Denver Revised Municipal Code

Colorado Medical Marijuana COde, Title 12, Article 43.3, Colorado Revised Statutes

Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division website:

Best Management Practices: Commercial Medical Marijuana Cultivation