Application for New License

Allowed Licenses


Only Medical Marijuana Centers, Medical Marijuana Infused Products Manufacturers, Medical Marijuana Cultivation Operations, and Retail Marijuana Cultivation Facilities are allowed in the City of Rifle. All other marijuana businesses are prohibited.

Contact the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division First


A City of Rifle Marijuana Business License is not valid if the licensee does not have a valid license from the State of Colorado to operate its marijuana business. Before you apply for a City Marijuana Business License, please contact the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division and begin the process of acquiring a State of Colorado Marijuana Business License.

Check the Zoning Regulations


A Medical Marijuana Center can be located only in the Central Business District, the Community Service Business District, or the Tourist Commercial District.

A Medical Marijuana Cultivation Operation can be located only in the Light Industrial Zone District. One must also have a Conditional Use Permit from the City for these uses.

A Retail Marijuana Cultivation Operation can be located only in the Light Industrial Zone District or the Industrial Zone District. One must also have a Conditional Use Permit from the City for this use.

You can view a map showing where these zone districts are located (PDF).

Contact the Planning Department to learn how to apply for a Conditional Use Permit.

Application Information



The following documents completed by each individual applicant, officer, stockholder, director, managing member, member, partner, or center/operation/manufacturer/facility manager
The application process includes the following steps:
  1. Completion and submission of application forms and fees by applicant to City Clerk (accepted by appointment only)
  2. Review of documents for completeness by staff
  3. Background investigation by staff
  4. Review of results of background investigation by staff
  5. Decision by City Manager
  6. State approval
  7. Issuance of licenses by City Clerk
The process generally takes 3 - 4 months. For additional information, please contact the City Clerk.