City of Long Beach DHHS Tobacco Retail Program

Do you sell tobacco products?

You must have a valid Tobacco Retail Permit issued annually by the City of Long Beach

This permit requirement has been enacted to discourage the sale of tobacco products to minors. Anyone who sells tobacco products without an annual city permit is subject to criminal prosecution which may be punishable by up to six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine (Long Beach Municipal Code 5.81). The City of Long Beach annual Tobacco Retail Permit is required in addition to your State Tobacco License issued by the California State Board of Equalization. Call (800)400-7115 or visit www.boe.ca.gov for your State license.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is required to obtain an annual Long Beach Tobacco Retail Permit?
Anyone who sells cigarettes, tobacco products and/or tobacco paraphernalia within the City of Long Beach. This annual City Permit is in addition to the annual Cigarette and Tobacco License issued by the California State Board of Equalization. Call (800)400-7115 or visit
www.boe.ca.gov for your State License.

What are the requirements of the City's Tobacco Retail Permit?
The Tobacco Retail Permit requires that tobacco retailers comply with federal, state and local tobacco-related laws, including provisions of the City's Tobacco Retail Permit. Information about the City's Tobacco Retail Permit can also be found in Section 5.81 of the Long Beach Municipal Code. The Long Beach City Council adopted this ordinance on February 8, 2008 to encourage responsible retailing and to discourage violations of federal, state and local tobacco-related laws, especially those that prohibit the sale or distribution of tobacco products to minors. 

Educational materials regarding local, state, and federal tobacco laws can be obtained by contacting the Tobacco Retail Enforcement Program at (562) 570-7905.

How much does the Long Beach Tobacco Retail Permit cost?
The annual fee is $520.00 for each permit (at each location). The term of the permit is one year beginning August 1 and ending on July 31 of the following year.

How do I obtain the annual Long Beach Tobacco Retail Permit?
-You must first submit an application by mail or fax to the Tobacco Retail Enforcement Program at: 2525 Grand Ave, Room 220 Long Beach, CA 90815. Fax #:(562)570-4038
-Once your application is approved, you will be billed for the annual permit fee.
-Your Tobacco Retail Permit must be renewed annually and will not be issued until payment is received. (DO NOT MAIL PAYMENT WITH YOUR APPLICATION)

How long is the permit effective?
The permit is effective for one year, from August 1st to July 31st, and has to be renewed annually. Tobacco retailers will receive a renewal bill each July.

Do I need to re-apply for the permit every year?

No. If you have not changed retailing locations, you do not have to re-apply for the permit. However, you must pay an annual permit fee. If the retail business has been sold, the new owner must apply for a new permit. A tobacco retailer who sells their business should notify the Long Beach Health Department by calling (562)570-7905.

Can I sell tobacco from a mobile location?
No. It is illegal to engage in the sale of tobacco, tobacoo products, and/or tobacco paraphernalia from a non-fixed location (vehicles, mobile carts, ice cream, catering trucks). Retailing by persons on foot is also prohibited.

Will there be inspections?
Yes. Environmental Health Inspectors will conduct regular site inspections of retailers for compliance with local, state, and federal tobacco retail laws. The Long Beach Police Department wil conduct random undercover youth decoy operations to check for compliance with laws prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to minors.

I plan to sell tobacco products at a Special Event in Long Beach. Do I need a separate Permit?
Yes. A Special Event Tobacco Retail Permit is required to sell tobacco products and/or tobacco paraphernalia at a special event where the public is invited. The Special Event Permit fee is $92. Complete the application below and return it to the Tobacco Retail Enforcement Program located at 2525 Grand Ave Room 220, Long Beach CA 90815.

Special Event Tobacco Retail Application

Special Event Tobacco Retail Permit Requirements

Where can I get an application:

Applications are available:
-Health Department: 2525 Grand Avenue Room 220, Long Beach, CA 90815
-Telephone: Call (562) 570-7905  and request an application be sent to you
-City Hall: 333 W Ocean Blvd, 4th Floor, Long Beach, CA 90802
-Or download the annual Tobacco Retail Permit Application here

Annual City of Long Beach Tobacco Retail Permit Application