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​​​​Update: Code Changes

Below are the changes to City Code related to recreational sales of marijuana and other new marijuana facility types allowed by the State of Michigan. 

​Changes to Chapter 96 Medical Marijuana Facilities related to marijuana facility and establishment permits: ​ ORD-19-31 Medical Marijuana Facilities Ordinance Briefed and Approved.

Changes to Chapter 55 Unified Development Code related to marijuana facility and establishment zoning:  ORD-19-32 UDC Briefed and Approved

Both ordinances are effective October ​27, 2019.  

Update: October 2019

On Monday, October 7, the Ann Arbor City Council amended the Unified Development Code (Chapter 55) to allow three new types of marijuana facilities:

1.   Marijuana Retailer, a licensed business that purchases marijuana from a grower or processor and sells, supplies or provides marijuana to adults over 21 years, are regulated as one and the same as Medical Marijuana Provisioning Centers.  Any approved provisioning center may also or instead operate as a retailer.  Provisioning centers, and now retailers, are allowed with special exception approval in most mixed use zoning districts, must be at least 600 feet from one another, and from Marijuana Microbusinesses, and must be at least 1,000 feet from a K-12 school. 

2.   Designated Marijuana Consumption Facility, a licensed business where customers may consume, via smoking, ingestion or other means, marijuana individually purchased through a State Licensed Medical Marijuana Provisioning Center, Marijuana Retailer, or marijuana microbusiness, are allowed with special exception approval in most mixed use zoning districts.  Designated Marijuana Consumption Facilities must be at least 1,000 feet from a K-12 school and are limited to a maximum of 1 vehicle parking space per 100 square feet of floor area.

3.   Marijuana Microbusiness, a licensed business that grows, processes, and sells or transfers marijuana directly to adults over 21 years, are allowed with special exception approval in the C3 district and most special purpose districts, must be at least 600 feet from another and provisioning centers/retailers.  A Marijuana Microbusiness must provide a maximum of 1 vehicle parking space per 2,000 square feet of cultivation area and 250 square feet of noncultivation area. 

In addition:

·    Facilities that grow marijuana (Marijuana Microbusinesses and Marijuana Growers) must obtain 10% of their energy from solar panels on-site, and must provide annual reports of their actual energy, water use and sanitary discharge. 

·    Marijuana Growers are no longer permitted in mixed use districts.  They remain permitted in some special purpose districts.  (There are currently no growers in mixed use districts.) 

The ordinance changes go into effect 10 days after publication. Once in effect, Medical Marijuana Provisioning Centers that wish to operate as a retailer may apply for administrative Zoning Compliance and Reoccupation approvals before applying to Planning and Development Services for a City marijuana permit for retail. Forms are listed below.

Designated Marijuana Consumption Facilities and Marijuana Microbusinesses will need to apply to the City Planning Commission for Special Exception Use approval. Those steps remain as described below, including the required pre-submission meeting. 

​​Update: July 2019

City Council passed an ordinance revision in May, 2018 that limits the number of medical marijuana provisioning centers to 28 citywide. Each of these must be located on a property that has received a zoning Special Exception Use (SEU). To date, 26 SEUs have been granted, one is under review, and one is being appealed. Two additional petitions for SEUs have been submitted, and will be reviewed if either the petition under review or the one under appeal is denied.

​The City has not passed regulations addressing recreational marijuana. Watch this page for updates. 

​Marijuana Facility Permits

On November 9, 2017 City Council adopted Chapter 96 Medical Marijuana Facilities. Changes to that chapter to accomodate retailers, microbusinesses and designated consumption establishments went into effect on October 27, 2019. Chapter 96 describes City of Ann Arbor Marijuana Facility Permits that are required for all facilities. The application is available here (PDF) for facility permits, or from the City Clerk's office.

Facility Permit Applications require a Zoning Compliance Permit and a Certificate of Occupancy (via a Re-Occupation Permit). Links to these applications are below. Note that Provisioning Centers must obtain a Special Exception Use before applying for either of these.

Please visit Medical Marijuana Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Zoning Requirements

City Council adopted a Medical Marijuana Facility Zoning Ordinance on December 18, 2017. The ordinance went into effect on February 12, 2018.

All five facility types defined by the State of Michigan MMFLA are permitted in the City, in specific zoning districts. Some facility types require Special Exception Use approval from the City Planning Commission before a Zoning Compliance Permit may be issued. All medical marijuana facilities are limited to certain zoning districts, and some have spacing or co-locating limitation.  Please refer to the ordinance links above for all code requirements.

All facilities must provide an approved Zoning Compliance Permit as part of their Medical Marijuana Facility Permit application.

Please visit Medical Marijuana Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

For Special Exception Use Applications

  • SEU Information and Submission Requirements
  • SEU Checklist
  • SEU Application Form
  • Petition Application Form
  • Information on the city's development review process (including SEUs for City Planning Commission) may be found here
  • Examples of applications that have already been submitted may be found by following these steps:
    1. Go to www.a2gov.org/permits   

    2. Click Search under Projects

    3. Change the search parameters to Search By: Project Number contains SEU. (This will return all special exception use applications and you will need to go to the most recent ones to find med mj SEU applications.) Double click on the project you want to see.

    4. Or click Search under Projects and change the search parameters to a specific address (if you know it) or SEU project number.

    5. Once you're on a SEU record, look for the Attachments at the bottom of the opening page (which is also the Project Info tab). These are the documents that make up the application, plus any review comments uploaded by City Staff.

  • Please note that all information submitted to the City is public information and viewable by the public online.

Please visit Medical Marijuana Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Medical Marijuana Map

A map showing the following is available by clicking here​.

  • Zoning that allows each of the five kinds of medical marijuana facilities
  • Provisioning centers that have been approved or are under review
  • Provisioning center 600 foot buffers
  • 1000 foot K-12 school buffers

Parcel Zoning Information

To find a parcel's current zoning, and to measure the distance between parcels, go to www.a2gov.org/zoning and click the link for zoning maps.

Medical Marijuana Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for a list of frequently asked questions, including steps to open a provisioning center, obtaining SEU approval, measuring between parcels, and more.