Chapter 5. CANNABIS EVENTS
§ 5600. Cannabis Event Organizer License
(a) To obtain a temporary cannabis event license, the event organizer must first apply for and
obtain a cannabis event organizer license.
(b) Cannabis event organizers licensed under this section shall comply with chapter 1 of this
division except for sections 5001-5002, 5006-5008, 5010, 5016, 5019, 5025-5029, 5032-5034,
5042-5044, and 5046-5055.
(c) A cannabis event organizer licensee is not authorized or licensed to cultivate, distribute,
manufacture, or retail cannabis or cannabis products without first obtaining the appropriate
licenses or authorizations to engage in such commercial cannabis activities.
(d) A cannabis event organizer shall comply with the records retention provisions of section
5037 of this division. Records shall be kept by the cannabis event organizer in a manner that
allows the records to be produced for the Bureau in either hard copy or electronic form,
whichever the Bureau requests. Failure to produce records upon the Bureau’s request may result
in disciplinary action against the cannabis event organizer license and/or denial of a temporary
cannabis event license.
(e) Cannabis event organizer applications may be completed online at www.bcc.ca.gov or by
delivering a printed copy to the Bureau’s office(s).
(f) Applicants who submit their applications online shall first register for a user account as
provided by section 5002(b) of this division.
(g) An application must be completed by an owner as defined by Business and Professions Code
section 26001(al). An application for cannabis event organizer licensure includes the following:
(1) The name of the applicant. For applicants who are individuals, the applicant shall provide
both the first and last name of the individual. For applicants who are business entities, the
applicant shall provide the legal business name of the applicant.
(2) If applicable, the business trade name (“DBA”) of the applicant.
(3) Payment of an application fee pursuant to section 5014 of this division.
(4) Whether the owner is serving or has previously served in the military. Disclosure of military
service is voluntary
(6) Whether the applicant has been denied a license or has had a license suspended or revoked by
the Bureau or any other state cannabis licensing authority. The applicant shall provide the type of
license applied for, the name of the licensing authority that denied the application, and the date
(7) The mailing address for the applicant.
(8) The telephone number for the applicant.
(9) The website address of the applicant’s business, if applicable.
(10) The email address for the applicant’s business.
(11) Contact information for the applicant’s designated primary contact person including the
name, title, phone number, and email address of the individual.
(12) The federal employer identification number for the applicant’s business.
(13) A description of the business organizational structure of the applicant, such as partnership or
(14) The business-formation documents, which may include, but are not limited to, articles of
incorporation, operating agreements, partnership agreements, and fictitious business name
statements. The applicant shall also provide all documents filed with the California Secretary of
State, which may include, but are not limited to, articles of incorporation, certificates of stock,
articles of organization, certificates of limited partnership, and statements of partnership
authority. If the commercial cannabis business is held in trust, the applicant shall provide a copy
of the trust.
(15) A list of every fictitious business name the applicant is operating under including the
address where the business is located.
(16) An applicant that is a foreign corporation shall include in its application the certificate of
qualification issued by the California Secretary of State under Corporations Code section 2105.
(17) The applicant shall supply the following financial information:
(A) A list of funds belonging to the applicant’s cannabis event organizing business held in
savings, checking, or other accounts maintained by a financial institution. The applicant shall
provide, for each account, the financial institution’s name, the financial institution’s address,
account type, account number, and the amount of money in the account.
(B) A list of loans made to the applicant for its use in cannabis event organizing activities. For
each loan, the applicant shall provide the amount of the loan, the date of the loan, term(s) of the
loan, security provided for the loan, and the name, address, and phone number of the lender.
(C) A list of investments made into the applicant’s cannabis event organizing activities. For each
investment, the applicant shall provide the amount of the investment, the date of the investment,
term(s) of the investment, and the name, address, and phone number of the investor.
(D) A list of all gifts of any kind given to the applicant for its use in cannabis event organizing
activities. For each gift, the applicant shall provide the value of the gift or description of the gift,
and the name, address, and phone number of the provider of the gift.
(18) A complete list of every individual that has a financial interest in the cannabis event
organizing business as defined in section 5004 of this division, who is not an owner as defined in
Business and Professions Code section 26001(al).
(19) A complete list of every owner of the applicant as defined in Business and Professions Code
section 26001(al). Each individual named on this list shall submit the following information:
(A) The full name of the owner.
(B) The owner’s title within the applicant entity.
(C) The owner’s date of birth and place of birth.
(D) The owner’s social security number or individual taxpayer identification number.
(E) The owner’s mailing address.
(F) The owner’s telephone number. This may include a number for the owner’s home, business,
or mobile telephone.
(G) The owner’s email address.
(H) The owner’s current employer.
(I) The percentage of the ownership interest held in the applicant entity by the owner.
(J) Whether the owner has an ownership or a financial interest as defined in sections 5003 and
5004, respectively, of this division in any other commercial cannabis business licensed under the
(K) A copy of the owner’s government-issued identification. Acceptable forms of identification
are a document issued by a federal, state, county, or municipal government that includes the
name, date of birth, physical description, and picture of the person, such as a driver license.
(L) A detailed description of the owner’s convictions. A conviction within the meaning of this
section means a plea or verdict of guilty or a conviction following a plea of nolo contendere.
Convictions dismissed under Penal Code section 1203.4 or equivalent non-California law must
be disclosed. Convictions dismissed under Health and Safety Code section 11361.8 or equivalent
non-California law must be disclosed. Juvenile adjudications and traffic infractions under $300
that did not involve alcohol, dangerous drugs, or controlled substances do not need to be
included. For each conviction, the owner shall provide the following:
(i) The date of conviction.
(ii) Dates of incarceration, if applicable.
(iii) Dates of probation, if applicable.
(iv) Dates of parole, if applicable.
(v) A detailed description of the offense for which the owner was convicted.
(vi) A statement of rehabilitation for each conviction. The statement of rehabilitation is to be
written by the owner and may contain evidence that the owner would like the Bureau to consider
that demonstrates the owner’s fitness for licensure. Supporting evidence may be attached to the
statement of rehabilitation and may include, but is not limited to, a certificate of rehabilitation
under Penal Code section 4852.01, and dated letters of reference from employers, instructors, or
professional counselors that contain valid contact information for the individual providing the
(M) If applicable, a detailed description of any suspension of a commercial cannabis license,
revocation of a commercial cannabis license, or sanctions for unlicensed commercial cannabis
activity by a licensing authority or local agency against the applicant or a business entity in
which the applicant was an owner or officer within the three years immediately preceding the
date of the application.
(N) Attestation to the following statement: Under penalty of perjury, I hereby declare that the
information contained within and submitted with the application is complete, true, and accurate. I
understand that a misrepresentation of fact is cause for rejection of this application, denial of the
license, or revocation of a license issued.
(20) For an applicant with 20 or more employees, the applicant shall attest that the applicant has
entered into a labor peace agreement and will abide by the terms of the agreement. For applicants
who have not yet entered into a labor peace agreement, the applicant shall provide a notarized
statement indicating the applicant will enter into and abide by the terms of a labor peace
agreement as soon as reasonably practicable after licensure.
(21) The limited waiver of sovereign immunity required by section 5009 of this division, if
Authority: Sections 115.4 and 26013, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 115.4,
144, 26012 and 26200, Business and Professions Code.