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Tobacco Retailer Permit

The City of Philadelphia requires all retailers that sell any type of tobacco product (cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, hookah tobacco, snuff, snus, chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco, bidis, and electronic cigarettes) to obtain a tobacco permit.

Retailers that sell cigarettes and/or little cigars are required to have both the Philadelphia Tobacco Retailer Permit and a Cigarette Dealer License from the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.

Retailers that sell any other type of tobacco products are only required to have the Philadelphia Tobacco Retailer Permit. Owners of establishments in which cigarette vending machines are located are also responsible for obtaining a permit.

The Tobacco Retailer Permit is valid for one calendar year effective January 1st and will expire on December 31st of the same year.

Stores with multiple locations will need an individual Tobacco Retailer permit for each location.

Retailers must prominently display the Philadelphia Tobacco Retailer Permit at each location where they engage in tobacco sales.

The permit is not transferable, so that if there is a change of ownership or location, a new permit is required.

Any retailer that is selling tobacco without a valid Tobacco Retailer Permit will be fined $75 per day.

If you have any questions, please contact Jody Wilkins at 215-685-7340.

Prerequisites

Cost
The permit fee is $50. The annual renewal fee is $50.

Apply for a Tobacco Retailer Permit Application

Tobacco Retailer Permit Application
Tobacco Retailer Permit FAQ
Tobacco Retailer Permit FAQ (Spanish)
Tobacco Retailer Permit FAQ (Chinese)
Tobacco Products Distribution Business Exception Form
Specialty Tobacco Establishment Exception Form

Additional Tobacco Retailer Information:

Store owners are responsible for illegal sales made by their employees.

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health checks that stores do not sell tobacco to minors. These checks are called "tobacco compliance check" A tobacco compliance check  is conducted by an adult and a youth who is under 18 years-old. The minor enters the store and uses his/her actual ID to attempt to purchase tobacco. If a sale occurs, a ticket will be issued within a few days.

Store owners are responsible for illegal sales made by their employees.The Philadelphia Department of Public Health checks that stores do not sell tobacco to minors. These checks are called "tobacco compliance check" A tobacco compliance check  is conducted by an adult and a youth who is under 18 years-old. The minor enters the store and uses his/her actual ID to attempt to purchase tobacco. If a sale occurs, a ticket will be issued within a few days.

Preventing Youth Tobacco Sales FAQ



Contact Information

City of Philadelphia, Department of Public Health
Environmental Health Services
321 University Avenue, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4543
(215) 685-7489
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