Marihuana Businesses and Licensing

The City Clerk’s Office accepts applications for Marihuana Business Permits, which includes permits for both medical and adult use marihuana facilities. There is one application form for both types of facilities.

Because City facilities are closed to the public due to the Coronavirus pandemic, applicants must submit Marihuana Business permit applications electronically. Complete applications, including all attachments and a copy of photo ID for the person signing the application, should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The appropriate Marihuana Business Permit fee(s) must be paid in full within five (5) business days of receipt of an application. If the City Clerk’s Office does not receive payment by 5:00 p.m. on the fifth business day after electronic receipt of an application, that application will be rejected. The fee can be paid by cash or check. Checks should be made out to the “City of Kalamazoo” and can be mailed to:

City Clerk
City of Kalamazoo
241 W. South Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Payments can also be placed in the drop box behind City Hall near the corner of Lovell Street and St. John’s Place or in the drop box for Treasurer’s Office payments on the front of City Hall. These drop boxes are checked daily by the Clerk’s Office and Treasurer’s Office. Please make sure your fee payment includes the name and/or address of your business so that it can be matched with the correct application. Please do not mail cash, place cash payments in one of the two drop box options.

For additional information on the application process please see the Administrative Rules below.

pdf Marihuana Business Administrative Rules (29 KB)

pdf Marihuana Business Application (123 KB)  

pdf Marijuana Permit Fee Resolution (26 KB)

pdf Chapter 50, Zoning of Marihuana Businesses (140 KB)

pdf Chapter 20B, Marihuana Commercial Business Ordinance (200 KB)

Adult Use Potential Land Use Maps

pdf Adult Use Marihuana Consumption Lounge, Potential Land Use Map (7.89 MB)

pdf Adult Use Marihuana Safety Compliance, Potential Land Use Map (8.21 MB)

pdf Adult Use Marihuana Microbusiness, Potential Land Use Map (8.13 MB)

pdf Adult Use Marihuana Retailer, Potential Land Use Map (8.41 MB)

pdf Adult Use Marihuana Grower, Potential Land Use Map (8.11 MB)

Social Equity Program

The City of Kalamazoo’s Social Equity Policy provides fee reductions and reduced separation distance requirements for Marihuana Businesses where a majority of the ownership (51% or more) has lived in the Eastside, Edison, and/or Northside Neighborhoods (Census Tracts 1, 9, 10, 2.02 or 3) for the three years prior to applying for a Marihuana Business Permit; and/or where a majority of the ownership have lived anywhere in the City for the past 3 years and who have a marihuana related conviction, not involving distribution to a minor. In addition, a discount is available if at least 10% of the ownership of the business was a registered caregiver for at least 2 years between 2008 and 2017.

To become a qualified social equity business, the business must submit a Social Equity Business application form and Social Equity Program – Participant’s Personal Information Form and supporting documents for every person who has an ownership interest in the business, regardless of the percentage of ownership. This application can be submitted either prior to submission of the associated Marihuana Business Permit Application, or it can be submitted with the Permit Application. If this application is submitted prior to the Permit application, eligibility will be determined and the appropriate fee reductions will be applied at the time the Permit application is filed. If this application is submitted with the Permit Application, the applicant will need to pay the full amount of the fee(s) within the required timeframe. If the applicant is determined to be eligible for the social equity program the fee reduction(s) will be refunded.

pdf Social Equity Eligibility Application (39 KB)

pdf Social Equity Business Personal Info Form (41 KB)

pdf Adult Use Marihuana Social Equity Policy (43 KB)  (Draft for City Commission approval on June 1)

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