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Tobacco Retailers

Tobacco retailers in the unincorporated areas of Sonoma County must obtain an annual Tobacco Retail License (TRL) from the Sonoma County Department of Health Services in order to sell tobacco products.

Apply for a Tobacco Retailer License

This is a fill-and-print form. Please open the form, fill out the form fields, then print and sign.

Application Form: Tobacco Retailer License(PDF: 229 Kb)

Please attach the printed and signed application with your check (with your BOE number written on the check) and mail to:

Attn: Tobacco Retail Licensing Coordinator      
Sonoma County Department of Health Services
625 5th Street              
Santa Rosa, CA 954014

Notification Packet to Tobacco Retailers, May 2016(PDF: 405 Kb)

Frequently Asked Questions

Which Ordinance Applies to My Business?

The tobacco retailer license only applies to tobacco retailers in unincorporated Sonoma County. To find out if the county tobacco retail license ordinance applies to your business, use the link below to enter your business address in the form.

Which Ordinance Applies to My Business?

Local Tobacco Retail Licensing and Regulations

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

Healdsburg

Title 8 Health and Safety - Chapter 8.26 Tobacco Retailers

Rohnert Park

Title 8 Health and Safety - Prohibition of Head Shops, Hookah Bars, Tobacco Vending Machines and Self-Service Displays

Sebastopol

Title 8, Health & Safety, Chapter 8.08 Sales and Distribution of Tobacco Products to Minors

Sonoma

Title 7 Health and Welfare, Chapter 7.25 Regulating the Manner of Sale of Tobacco Products

California Tobacco and Smoking Laws

California Tobacco 21 Law
Source: California Department of Public Health.

Tobacco Laws Affecting California
Source: ChangeLab Solutions.

Training and Resources

California Tobacco 21 Law
Source: California Department of Public Health.

Letter to Retailers: State Tobacco Laws, June 6, 2016(PDF: 731 Kb)
Source: California Department of Public Health.

Tobacco Retail Environment: List of Strong Local Tobacco Retailer Licensing Ordinances
Source: American Lung Association.

Training: Responsible Beverage Service
Source: Sonoma County Department of Health Services.

Contact Information

Tobacco/Nicotine Prevention

Public Health Division

Health Services Department

Contact us by Phone
Address

Public Health Division

625 5th Street

Santa Rosa, CA 95404
38.441691, -122.713746

State, County, and Local Tobacco Regulations

Tobacco Retailer License

All tobacco retailers in the unincorporated areas of Sonoma County must obtain an annual license.

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