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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)


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

(415) 252-3800

Tobacco Permit Density Cap


San Francisco Health Code Article 19H establishes a cap of 45 permits in each Supervisorial district. This article of the health code is implemented by Rules and Regulations governing 19H.

The amendments provide some exceptions; in general no new permits for the sale of tobacco, including e-cigarettes as defined in 19(N), will be issued for an establishment where:

  • The total number of existing permits in the Supervisorial District exceeds 45
  • The location will be within 500 feet of a school
  • The location will be within 500 feet of another location that is permitted to sell tobacco under 19H
  • Restaurants, bars or tobacco shops, or any establishment not already permitted
  • The location was not previously occupied by a permitted Establishment.


The law does not affect annual permit renewals where payment of the annual renewal fee is made in a timely way.


The amendments require assessment of the tobacco density cap every two years. For 2015-2016, the density cap is 45, and SFDPH has determined that only Supervisorial District 7 (Inner Sunset) is below the density cap. Tobacco retail permits may be available for issue in District 7 until the cap is reached, as long as the new permitee meets the other requirements of 19H and all other all local, state, and federal laws.


Under the California Cigarette & Tobacco Products Licensing Act of 2003 businesses also require a permit from the State Board of Equalization, which is intended to insure the proper collection of tobacco taxes. Mobile tobacco sales are prohibited in the state of California.










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