Prospective tobacco retailer licensees should consult with the Sonoma County Department of Health Services Tobacco Education program before applying for a state tobacco retailer license, to determine how to comply with local licensing requirements.
Many local jurisdictions have policies that cap the number or restrict the density of tobacco retailers. This could potentially result in the California Board of Equalization (BOE) issuing a state tobacco retailer license to a retailer, but that retailer being denied a local tobacco retail license.
Should this occur, the licensee should contact the BOE helpline at (800) 400-7115 to discuss their options. Each situation will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Unincorporated Sonoma County
Chapter 32A Licensure of Tobacco Retailers
Title 8 Health and Safety - Chapter 8.26 Tobacco Retailers
Title 8 Health and Safety - Prohibition of Head Shops, Hookah Bars, Tobacco Vending Machines and Self-Service Displays
Title 8, Health & Safety, Chapter 8.08 Sales and Distribution of Tobacco Products to Minors
Title 7 Health and Welfare, Chapter 7.25 Regulating the Manner of Sale of Tobacco Products