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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:

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)


Program Contact


Voice: (415) 252-3800

Text: (415) 226-9564

Qualifying for a New Tobacco Permit

Tobacco Permits in SF Supervisorial Districts

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.

Search the interactive Tobacco Permit Map to determine if a specific location qualifies for a new Tobacco Sales Permit. Data are updated quarterly.

No new Tobacco Sales Permits will be issued for an Establishment where:

  • The total number of existing Tobacco Sales Permits in the Supervisorial District exceeds 45
  • The location is within 500 feet of a school
  • The location is within 500 feet of another location that is permitted to sell tobacco under 19H
  • The location is a restaurant, bar or tobacco shop
  • The location was not previously occupied by a permitted Establishment.

The Director is authorized to issue a Tobacco Sales Permit to some establishments that don't meet the above criteria on a one-time basis in limited circumstances.

Obtaining a Tobacco Permit

Please visit the Tobacco Permit Application Instructions and Exceptions page for details about the application process, including the Application Packet for the Sale of Tobacco Products which includes the primary application form and other instructions and materials.

Businesses engaging in the sale, delivery, furnishing or marketing of tobacco and e-cigarettes from one person to another in San Francisco require a permit. This permit must be renewed annually by paying the annual license fee at San Francisco Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector.

Permits do not transfer: For all changes of ownership, including, adding/deleting partners, percent changes in stock ownership, or converting from sole proprietor to a corporation, you must apply for a new tobacco permit or amend your existing permit.

All applicants must first determine whether a business location qualifies for a tobacco sales permit by checking the interactive map at SF Planning.

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.


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.

Tobacco Permits Interactive Map





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