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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.
  3. Appl​y to the Building Department​ for a Building Permit and follow that process for any alterations and/or a change in occupancy. Where there is no change in occupancy or use of the space, a Re-Occupation Per​mit​  may be applicable. ​​  ​See the Re-Occupation Handout​ (PDF) for help determining your project's occupancy status.  Please contact the Building Department with any questions.
  4. Submit a C​ity of Ann Arbor Marijuana Facility Permit Application​  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.
Applications must be submitted online using the City's new online permitting system STREAM​ (​). 

To Apply:

  1. ​​​Go to STREAM​ (​)
  2.  Select the Apply box
  3. Choose the appropriate permit application
  4. Complete the application and provide payment ​

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