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Permit Instructions to Sell Tobacco Products in San Francisco

The San Francisco Health Code has been amended by adding article 19H to require a permit for tobacco sales. This means that to sell tobacco products on a retail level in San Francisco, you are required to have two permits:

  1. application for the sale of tobacco from the State Board of Equalization, which is intended to insure the proper collection of tobacco taxes, and
  2.  application for the sale of tobacco products permit from us,  which is intended to eliminate the sale of tobacco products to underage individuals.

The San Francisco Department of Public Health will collect an application fee and an annual fee  for the tobacco permit (Fee Schedule of Licenses, Permits, Fines & Service Charges). This permit must be renewed annually.

Send the San Francisco Department of Public Health Application to the:

Environmental Health Section,
1390 Market St., Suite 210,
San Francisco, CA 94102
 Attention: Tobacco Sales Permits

Include a check payable to: SFDPH (San Francisco Department of Public Health) 

For instructions where to send the permit for the  State Board of Equalization click on the link above.

Mobile Food Preparation Businesses:

A new state law went into effect on January 1, 2004, The Cigarette and Tobacco Products Licensing Act of 2003,that prohibits mobile tobacco sales in California. The new state law requires every eligible retailer currently selling tobacco to apply for and obtain a retailers’ license from the California State Board of Equalization.  However, only retailers that operate from a fixed location are eligible to obtain a license while catering trucks, lunch wagons and other mobile facilities do not qualify for a license to sell cigarettes or tobacco.