About Cannabis Facilities

Beginning in October 2020, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Cannabis Compliance and Enforcement Program (CCEP) started permitting and conducting environmental health and sanitation inspections of commercial cannabis facilities (cultivation, distribution, manufacturer, and retail) for cities that have contracts with us to perform these services.

CCEP ensures that basic construction and equipment requirements are met at each facility prior to issuing a Public Health Permit. Program staff then conduct two annual inspections to ensure that cannabis facilities follow the State regulations and local ordinances. Businesses that follow the safety codes can help prevent injury and illness and help keep the community and employees safe.

If you are interested in obtaining a medical marijuana identification card, please contact the Medical Marijuana Program.

The Cannabis Compliance and Enforcement Program:

  • Reviews and approves plans for new commercial cannabis facilities.
  • Conducts site evaluation for pre-existing cannabis facilities.
  • Conducts routine inspections and complaint investigations at permitted cannabis facilities.
  • Provides consultations to potential cannabis businesses.

The Cannabis Compliance & Enforcement Program provides inspections of cannabis facilities to only those cities that have a specific contractual agreement with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Cities that currently have agreements include:

Contracted City Inspection Start Date
Baldwin Park November 2021
City of Los Angeles September 2022
Culver City October 2020
El Monte February 2021
Lancaster October 2020
Malibu October 2021

Public Health Permits and Inspections for Cannabis Facilities

For commercial cannabis facilities located within cities that contract with Los Angeles County, a Public Health Permit will be issued only upon successful completion of a Plan Check or Site Evaluation review. Once permitted, the Cannabis Compliance and Enforcement Program will conduct at least 2 inspections per fiscal year. Information about these services can be found in the following guidelines:

Emblem Program for Authorized Cannabis Stores

Authorized Cannabis Stores Emblem

The Emblem Program for Authorized Cannabis Stores is administered by the County of Los Angeles in partnership with contracted cities. The Emblem Program is intended to protect consumers and communities by preventing harmful effects caused by unlicensed and unregulated cannabis stores. The Emblem Program requires cannabis stores to have all appropriate licenses, permits, or authorizations from the State of California and local governments. The Authorized Cannabis stores will display a unique emblem on the store premises and provide health-related information accessible to consumers.

The retailers must display the Get the Facts about Cannabis sign and have the Let's talk about Cannabis handout available for customers to take.

Authorized cannabis retail facilities who have received all required state and local licenses and have a valid Public Health Permit will display an Emblem Placard at their storefront. The Emblem Placard will include a phone number where the public can call for more information about the site. Smart phone users can click on the QR Code to visit our website and view the latest inspection results or find health information.

Let's Talk About Cannabis is a 2-page handout with general information about cannabis use and health warnings. Additional information can be found at Public Health Cannabis page.

You can find our Cannabis Facility Inspection Results in our Environmental Health Online Portal.

Agency Links:

Report a Problem

Complaints may be reported to Cannabis Compliance & Enforcement Program in writing, Online, by phone, or in person. The Cannabis Compliance and Enforcement Program of Environmental Health will only investigate complaints at commercial cannabis facilities that have a Public Health Permit. All complaints of unpermitted commercial cannabis facilities will be referred to the appropriate city for their investigation and enforcement.

Contact Us

For plan submittal, please contact our office or email us for an appointment.

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

Tel: (626) 430-5635
Fax: (626) 813-3021
Email: ccep@ph.lacounty.gov

County of Los Angeles Public Health
Environmental Health
Cannabis Compliance & Enforcement Program
5050 Commerce Drive
Baldwin Park, CA 91706