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All facility types defined by the State of Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act​ are permitted in the City of Ann Arbor.  

Permitted facility types:

  • Retailer
  • Medical Marijuana Provisioning Center
  • Microbusiness 
  • Grower
  • Processor 
  • Consumption Facility
  • Safety Compliance Facility
  • Secure Transport
All marijuana facilities are limited to certain zoning districts and some are also subject to spacing and/or co-locating limitations.  

General Steps to Open a Marijuana Facility in Ann Arbor:

  1. Obtain Special Exception Use approval for the site from the City Planning Commission (if not required, start with step 2). 
  2. Obtain a Zoning Compliance Permit (PDF)
  3. Apply to the Building Department​ for a Building Permit and follow that process for work to be done, or a Re-Occupation Permit (PDF) if no work is proposed. Either application will include an inspection.
  4.  Submit a City of Ann Arbor Marijuana Facility Permit Application​ (PDF) to the  City Clerk. Attestation I and/or Attestation 2-C will be signed after the application is reviewed by the Clerk. Submit the application and required attachments via mail, in-person, or online.  ​
  5. Provide the City Clerk's office with a copy of the approved State Marihuana Facility License. At this point the facility can legally open.
    Important Information for Opening a Marijuana Facility in Ann Arbor 


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​Planning & Development Services
301 E. Huron St.
Ann Arbor
Planning Manager

Brett Lenart, AICP 
[email protected] 
734.794.6000 x42606