Medical Cannabis Dispensary and Testing Facility Licensing Information
Licensing applications for businesses to apply to operate medical cannabis dispensaries or testing facilities within city limits are now available. Interested businesses are encouraged to review the application and information provided on this website for the required documentation.
- The application submission window will open at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 29, 2021. For medical cannabis dispensary licenses, the application submission window will close at 5 p.m. on Monday, November 15, 2021.
- In accordance with the City’s zoning and licensing ordinances regulating medical cannabis, which went into effect on October 1, 2021, there will be a lottery for the selection of the dispensary licenses. Information about the lottery process can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions listed below.
- Please also see Frequently Asked Questions for additional application information.
There is a multi-step process for interested businesses to apply to operate medical cannabis dispensaries or testing facilities in the city limits:
- The business must obtain a license from the City, a State registration certificate issued by the South Dakota Department of Health (DOH), and a certificate of occupancy from the City.
- The South Dakota DOH will issue business registrations to medical cannabis establishments according to South Dakota Codified Law and DOH administrative rules.
City of Sioux Falls Licensing
- Medical Cannabis Licensing
Ordinance 105-21: Medical Cannabis Licensing
(adopted 9/7/21 and effective 10/1/21)
City of Sioux Falls Zoning
- City of Sioux Falls Cannabis Ordinance Changes (city limits)
Ordinance 104-21: Medical Cannabis Zoning Regulations
(adopted 9/7/21 and effective 10/1/21)
- Joint City/Minnehaha County Cannabis Ordinance Changes
Ordinance 114-21: Joint Sioux Falls-Minnehaha Zoning Regulations
(adopted 9/28/21 and effective 10/22/21)
- Joint City/Lincoln County Cannabis Ordinance Changes
Ordinance 98-21: Joint Sioux Falls-Lincoln Zoning Regulations
City of Sioux Falls Conditional Use Permit
South Dakota Codified Law
Department of Health Regulations
- Visit medcannabis.sd.gov to view updates on administrative rules from the South Dakota Department of Health.
Application Submission Dates
- On the outside of the sealed envelope, you must write your legal business name, the business’s primary contact name, email address and phone number.
- A copy of the Certification for Property Use as Medical Cannabis Establishment. Original signed form must be included inside the sealed envelope.
- Two checks written payable to the City of Sioux Falls with the legal business name written in the memo line. A separate check must be provided for the Application Fee and the Licensing Fee. The City will NOT accept one check for both fees.
Sioux Falls City Ordinance 121.003(a)(2)E.2 states that only one application per location (legal description) is allowed. Legal descriptions will be noted and no subsequent applications for that legal description will be accepted. If, however, someone submits an application for a location for which they have no legal interest in the property and a subsequent applicant can prove that they have a legal interest in the property, then the City will take the application of the person/entity who has the legal right to occupy the space.
Yes. Per State law, both non-profit and for-profit businesses must be registered with the Secretary of State's office. Out-of-state businesses must also be registered before doing business in this State.
You can contact the South Dakota Secretary of State at 605-773-3537 or sdsos.gov to inquire about forming a corporation or LLC. If not forming a corporation or LLC, you can contact the Secretary of State’s office or your county Register of Deeds office to file a Fictitious Name Statement.
The City will not immediately deposit the Licensing Fees into the City’s Bank Account, but will hold the checks for the Licensing Fees in a secure location. Upon receipt of registration from the State of South Dakota, the Licensing Fee held by the City will be deposited into the City’s bank account ($50,000 Licensing Fee for Medical Cannabis Dispensary and $5,000 for Medical Cannabis Testing Facility). No license may be issued by the City to the applicant prior to confirming the check for the License Fee “Clears the Bank”.
Licensing Fees for applicants that do not receive licenses or whose applications are rejected or withdrawn will not be deposited in the City’s account.