Industrial Hemp Licensing, Registration and Fees

BEFORE APPLYING: You may apply for a license on paper or online.  If you plan to apply online, make sure you have a reliable internet connection.  You must complete your online application in one sitting and CANNOT save your progress.  You will need the GPS coordinates and maps for all your fields, greenhouses, or other sites where you will grow, store, or process industrial hemp. You will also need to know the acreage of fields and square footage of greenhouses, and have a plan for the research you will conduct. You will need to complete and attach your signed research agreement and background check form.

After completing your online application, you will be asked to create a MyDATCP account.  You must create an account before you can reach the payment screen.  

Please note that you are not licensed and registered, and cannot plant, until you receive a license and completed research agreement from DATCP.


You are required to have a license to grow or process industrial hemp. The grower license allows you to plant and harvest industrial hemp. A processor license allows you to store, handle, and convert industrial hemp into a marketable form. Both are lifetime licenses. If you are processing only hemp that you grow, you need only the grower license. The deadline to appy for a license this year is May 1, 2018.


Growers and processors will also need to register annually with the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection annually to continue growing or processing hemp. Because this is the first year of production, you will apply for your license and register in the same application, either online or on paper. In the future, you will need to register by December 31 to grow or process hemp in the following calendar year. The deadline to register this year is May 1.

Background check

Your licensing and registration forms include a consent form to allow DATCP to conduct a background check on the applicant. If the applicant is a business, the background check will be for the operations manager. You will not be licensed if you have any criminal drug convictions, either federal or in any state. 


Grower license (one-time fee)
​$150 (0-30 acres)

​$5/acre (31-199 acres)
​$1,000 (200 acres or more)
Processor license
​No fee
License modification
$50/change (plus fee for additional acreage as listed above)
​Grower registration (annual fee)
Processor registration (annual fee)
​$250/sample and test (each field and variety needs at least one sample/test

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