Where are cannabis dispensaries allowed and what's required to operate one?

Cannabis dispensaries are a permitted use in certain commercial zoning districts but are prohibited from operating in any residentially zoned areas. To learn more about where cannabis dispensaries may be located and to use our interactive map please click the link here. Cannabis related licenses are only issued by the NYS Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) and not by the City of Albany. For additional details on what's required to open a cannabis dispensary in the City please click the link here

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1. What is my zoning district?
2. How do I know if a property is zoned for what I would like to do?
3. Where are cannabis dispensaries allowed and what's required to operate one?
4. What approvals do I need to open a new business?
5. My bank (or licensing agency) says I need a letter verifying my property’s zoning. How do I get one?
6. How do I see if I’m located in a Historic District?
7. Do I need approvals to do exterior work on my property if it’s located in a Historic District?
8. How do I apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Historic Resources Commission?
9. Are there restrictions on the size of structures and where they can be placed?
10. How do I consolidate multiple parcels into one?
11. Are there regulations for signs?
12. Are there regulations for fences?
13. Can I build a carport, garage or other accessory structure on my property?
14. Can I install a driveway or parking area?
15. Can I add more residential units to my building?
16. Can I run a business out of my home?
17. Can I install a pool?
18. How do I obtain a Café Permit?
19. How do I apply for a variance from the Board of Zoning Appeals?
20. How do I submit for Planning Board Review?
21. How do I know if I need a building permit?