Apply for a Modification of Premises of a Marijuana Business

A Marijuana License Modification of Premises Application must be submitted when you:

  • Change the square the square footage of the building or the licensed premises
  • Alter the layout of the facility (including modifying doorways, changing some room uses, and adding or removing walls)
  • Conduct any action that would require a building permit
  • Add, alter or remove extraction equipment, including any extraction ventilation system components
  • Add, alter or remove any enrichment system(s)
  • Add a Centralized Distribution Permit to the licensed cultivation facility

If you update your video surveillance system to add or remove cameras, you must email a complete Request to Amend Floor Plan application to EXLApplications@denvergov.org.

Submit a Modification of Premises Application

Step 1.Complete an Application

Complete the Marijuana License Modification of Premises Application(PDF, 214KB). Applications must be complete and include all required documents. (The required forms and documents can be found in the Required Forms section below the step-by-step guide.) Legal documents included as part of the application must be properly signed and executed. All materials must be legible. Incomplete applications will be rejected.

Step 2.Submit the Application

Submit the complete application with all required documents. You can make an appointment to submit an application in person or you can submit an application via email.

Step 3.Pay the Required Fees

A city licensing technician will provide an invoice during or after application intake. Pay the required fee. (Information about fees can be found in the Required Fees section below the step-by-step guide.) Make checks payable to the "Manager of Finance." You may also pay in cash, or with a Visa, Discover or Mastercard. You can pay online. You can also make a payment over the phone by contacting Payments and Cashiering at 720-865-2780, Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If there is no answer, please leave a message and ask to be called back. Payments and Cashiering is also open for in-person payments Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Hours and days of operation are subject to change without notice.) 

Step 4.City Application Review

A city licensing technician will review the application and all required documents. This review may take 20 business days, but could take longer depending on the volume of applications pending before the Department.

Step 5.Complete Inspections, Obtain State Approval

When the licensing technician’s review is complete, the licensing technician will provide you with an inspection notice. Then, you can begin the work to complete the modification (e.g., any necessary, permitted construction) and complete the required inspections. (Information about required inspections can be found in the Inspection Process section below the step-by-step guide.) The state Marijuana Enforcement Division will also receive a copy of your inspection notice. This notifies the state agency that you have applied for a modification of premises. Please note: The applicant is responsible for completing a state modification of premises or report of changes application, if required. The Department requires proof of state approval of the modification of premises. If the state requires no modification of premises application, confirm that in an email with a representative of the Marijuana Enforcement Division.

Step 6.Email Excise and Licenses

After you complete the required city inspections, e-mail EXLApplications@denvergov.org with:  

  • The Amendment Record ID(s) for the modification of premises. 

  • Proof of state approval for the modification of premises; if no state application is required, please provide email from a representative of the Marijuana Enforcement Division who can confirm no state application is required.   

  • A request to close the Amendment Record ID(s) for the modification of premises.   

Step 7.We'll Update the Record

A licensing technician will update your record with the new floor plan and note that the modification of premises has been completed.  

All applications will be administratively closed if they are not completed within 12 months.

The following forms and documents are required. Applications must be complete and include all required documents. Legal documents included as part of the application must be properly signed and executed. All materials must be legible. Incomplete applications will be rejected. 

Floor Plan Requirements 

Provide a floor plan, or multiple floor plans, drawn to scale on a standard 8 ½” x 11” piece of paper. It is strongly recommended that you submit digitally designed floor plans or plans prepared by a design professional. Separate floors must be shown on separate pieces of paper and clearly identified (e.g. Basement, First Floor, Mezzanine, etc.) Your floor plan must be complete and accurate. The submission must include: 

  • The physical layout of the establishment with the legibly labeled principal uses of each room in the premises. 

  • The legible identification of all security cameras and DVR locations. 

  • The intended Licensed Premises must be contiguous and outlined in red. 

  • The intended Limited Access Areas must be contiguous and outlined in green. 

  • Stores only: Each room that is in the Restricted Access Area must be clearly labeled as such and must identify point-of-sale and sales counter locations. 

  • If you choose to submit multiple floor plans to satisfy all of the requirements outlined above, the physical layout and room uses must be identical for each floor plan showing the same section of the premises. 

Definitions 

  • Licensed Premises: The premises in possession of the Licensee and within which the Licensee is authorized to cultivate, manufacture, distribute, sell, store, transport, or test marijuana. 

  • Limited Access Area: The contiguous area within the Licensed Premises where marijuana is grown, cultivated, stored, weighed, packaged, or processed. 

  • Restricted Access Area: The area within the Licensed Premises where marijuana is sold, possessed for sale, or displayed for sale.

During or after application intake, you will receive an invoice for $300 per license included in the modification of premises application. Make checks payable to the "Manager of Finance." You may also pay in cash, or with a Visa, Discover or Mastercard. You can pay online here. You can also make a payment over the phone by contacting Payments and Cashiering at 720-865-2780, Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If there is no answer, please leave a message and ask to be called back. Payments and Cashiering is also open for in-person payments Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Hours and days of operation are subject to change without notice.)

Inspection Statuses 

Check your inspection status in our online Permitting and Licensing Center.  

Inspection Process and Information 

When a licensing technician’s review of your modification of premises application is complete, the licensing technician will provide you with an inspection notice to complete the required inspections. We strongly recommend that you engage professionals to ensure you’re in compliance with building, zoning, public health and fire prevention requirements. A non-comprehensive guide(PDF, 860KB) to common marijuana business license inspection requirements can be found here. 

Inspecting agencies will digitally pass or fail your inspections. All inspecting agencies must pass your inspections before the Department can close your modification of premises records.  

As of September 12, 2019, Marijuana License Modification of Premises Applications will only require a Zoning and Neighborhood Inspection for one of the following reasons: 

  • You have applied for a modification of premises for a marijuana center or store in an I-B zone use district. 

  • You have applied for a modification of premises for a cultivation in a zone use district other than an I-A, I-B, OS-B, I-O, I-1, I-2, OS-1, or OS-2 zone use district. 

  • You indicated on your Marijuana License Modification of Premises Application that your modification will result in the addition of an extraction room or an expansion of extraction space. 

  • You have applied for a modification of premises that will result in an address change (for example, through the expansion or removal of units). 

With the exception of the Zoning and Neighborhood Inspection (which is only required for the reasons outlined above), the following inspections are required for all modification of premises applications: 

Community Planning & Development: Zoning and Neighborhood Inspections 

  • Applicable Zoning Code Information 

  • Permit Info 

  • Schedule an Inspection 

Community Planning & Development: Building Inspections Division 

  • Applicable Building Code Information 

  • Permit Info 

  • Schedule an Inspection 

Fire Prevention 

  • Applicable Code Information 

  • Permit Info 

  • Schedule an Inspection by calling 720-913-3409 

Public Health & Environment: Public Health Inspections Division; inspection required for only stores, manufacturing, testing, transporter, and off-premises storage facilities 

  • Schedule an inspection by calling 311 (if outside of Denver, call 720-913-1311) 

Public Health & Environment: Environmental Quality; inspection required for only cultivation and manufacturing facilities 

  • Schedule an inspection by calling 311 (if outside of Denver, call 720-913-1311) 

Excise and Licenses 

  • Schedule an inspection by calling 311 (if outside of Denver, call 720-913-1311)