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Tobacco Permits

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Tobacco 21

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Permit Fees


San Francisco Health Code:

19F -- Smoking Prohibition in Certain Places

19H -- Tobacco Sales

19P -- Tobacco 21

19Q -- Flavored Tobacco


Related Documents:

19H Rules and Regulations (pdf)

19H Affidavit (pdf)

19H.19(a) Suspension Reduction Pilot (pdf)

Flavored Tobacco Fact Sheet (pdf)

Flavored Tobacco FAQ (pdf)

Flavored Tobacco List (pdf)


Please Note:
  1. Fees are non-refundable.
  2. Bounced check fees are $50.00
  3. We do not accept cash.
  4. You are responsible for paying your yearly tobacco license fee.


Program Contact

Environmental Health Branch
Attention: Tobacco Sales Permits
1390 Market St., Suite 210
San Francisco, CA 94102
P: (415) 252-3800
F: (415) 252-3894

Notice June 27, 2019 -- Opportunity to Comment on Draft Rules for Retail Tobacco Sales

Draft Rules and Regulations for Retail Tobacco Sales



The San Francisco Department of Public Health is announcing an opportunity for public comment on Draft Revised Rules and Regulations governing our program for issuing permits for retail tobacco sales in San Francisco. Please view the draft Rules and Regulations for more information on how to submit your comments. Comments will be accepted until July 29, 2019.



Tobacco Sales Permit Program

Principal Activities and Services of the Tobacco Sales Permit Program

The Tobacco Sales Permit Program ensures that all facilities selling tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, have valid permits to operate. The San Francisco Tobacco Control Laws have been shown to dramatically reduce illegal sales to minors. Our program:

  • Issues permits to businesses selling tobacco products including e-cigarettes, vape pens, electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), etc.
  • Monitors and enforces illegal sales of tobacco, including e-cigarettes, to any persons under 21 years old.


For information about secondhand smoke prevention or enforcement please visit the Secondhand Smoke Prevention web page.

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Making a Complaint

If you would like to make a complaint regarding the illegal sale of tobacco to minors or a related tobacco sales complaint, call 311.

311 City Customer Service Agency - Service 24x7

San Francisco Department of Public Health Environmental Health Branch