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Tobacco Retailer License 

About the Tobacco Retailer License Program

The mission of the Tobacco Retailer License Program is to promote compliance with federal state, and local tobacco-related laws and to decrease access of tobacco to persons under the age of 21. Retailers are regulated by requiring an annual non-transferrable license and by conducting routine compliance inspections to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local ordinances. Code Enforcement Officers frequent tobacco retailers to conduct outreach and education on tobacco regulations.

CHAPTER 5.138 OF THE SACRAMENTO CITY CODE

A copy of the Tobacco Retailer ordinance can be found here.

REQUIREMENTS TO RETAIL TOBACCO IN THE CITY OF SACRAMENTO

The City of Sacramento has several requirements to retail tobacco and tobacco products. Prior to retailing tobacco, a business owner must obtain:

  1. A Tobacco Retailer License from the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration. Visit https://www.cdtfa.ca.gov/ for additional information.

  2. An approved Conditional Use Permit issued to the property by the City of Sacramento’s Community Development Department. 
    You can find the application here. Additional details on the CUP requirement to retail tobacco can be found at this link Staff Report for CUP Requirement.

  3. A valid Business Operating Tax Certificate issued to the business by the City of Sacramento’s Department of Finance. The application for the certificate can be found at https://www.cityofsacramento.org/Finance/Revenue/Business-Operation-Tax.

  4. A Tobacco Retailer License issued by the City of Sacramento’s Community Development Department: City of Sacramento Tobacco Retailer License Application.

  5. Submit payment by way of a check or money order made payable to CITY OF SACRAMENTO in the amount of $370.  Please mail all checks and money orders to:

    ATTN: Business Compliance Unit

    Tobacco Retailer License

    300 Richards Blvd, 3rd floor

    Sacramento CA 95811

  6. The location where it is desired to retail tobacco must comply with Sacramento City Code 5.138.040 (B), “No license shall issue, and no existing license shall be renewed, to authorize tobacco retailing within 1,000 feet of a tobacco retailer already licensed pursuant to this chapter as measured by a straight line from the nearest point of the property line of the parcel on which the applicant’s business is located to the nearest point of the property line of the parcel on which an existing licensee’s business is located.”
    To determine if your location complies with the 1,000-foot distance requirement, you may utilize the Tobacco Retail License Web Mapping Tool
    Disclaimer: The map and data are provided for informational purposes only and may differ from official records used to determine the affected properties if and when the ordinance is approved.

TOBACCO RETAILER LICENSE FOR NEW BUSINESSES

RENEWAL OF AN EXISTING TOBACCO RETAILER LICENSE

HEALTHY FOOD EXEMPTION – SACRAMENTO CITY CODE 5.138.040 (B) AND (B) (2) 

INFORMATIONAL MATERIAL

NEED ASSISTANCE?

Please contact the Business Compliance Unit at (916) 808-8038 or at BC@cityofsacramento.org. You may request a consultation for assistance with a new application or renewal by appointment.