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Tobacco Permits

Permit Application Process

Tobacco 21

Flavored Tobacco


Smoke Prevention

Permit Fees


San Francisco Health Code:

19F -- Smoking Prohibition in Certain Places

19H -- Tobacco Sales

19P -- Tobacco 21

19Q -- Flavored Tobacco

19R & 19S -- E-Cigarettes


Related Documents:

Rules and Regulations for Retail Tobacco Sales (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. You are responsible for paying your yearly tobacco license fee.
Program Contact


Voice: (415) 252-3800

Text: (415) 226-9564

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.

Rules and Regulations governing our program for retail tobacco sales were most recently revised and issued on January 29, 2020.

The Responsibilities of a Tobacco Retail License Holder Booklet explains how corner stores and small markets in San Francisco can make sure they comply with Federal, State and Local laws.  

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

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Please note: The information provided in the Interactive Density Map is based on business records maintained by the San Francisco Tax Collector's Office and the Environmental Health Branch. Any questions or discrepancies with the data can be directed to the EHB, Tobacco and Smoking Program at 415-252-3800 or by submitting a 311 complaint.





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