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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.

Update for Tobacco Retailers

As you know, your payment would normally be due July 1st, 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been delayed in getting you renewal information. We are also researching a contactless payment method and will get that information to you. Therefore, we have allowed a grace period to submit your $350 renewal fee. 

Please also note our mailing address, which has changed since last year. Any mail correspondence should be sent to 625 5th Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95404.

California's New Flavored Tobacco Law

In August 2020, California passed a law prohibiting the sale of most flavored tobacco products.

However, a proposed referendum was submitted to the Attorney General of California. The referendum has now qualified for the ballot, putting the law on hold until the 2022 general election vote. 

To learn more about California's new law for tobacco retailers, please watch this informational video. 

En Agosto de 2020, California aprobó una ley que prohíbe la venta de la mayoría de los productos de tabaco de sabor. 

Sin embargo, se presentó una propuesta de referéndum al Fiscal General de California. El referéndum ha calificado para la votación, suspendiendo la ley hasta la votación de las elecciones generales de 2022.

Para aprender más sobre la nueva ley de California para los vendedores de tabaco, por favor vea este video informativo. 


Tobacco Retailer License Renewal

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

Link to online application - English

Solicitud en línea para el minorista de tabaco - Español

After completing the online application, please mail your check (with your BOE number written on the check) to:

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

Combined Check ID Flyer & Instructions, January 2021(PDF: 404 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.

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Unincorporated Sonoma County

Chapter 32A Licensure of Tobacco Retailers





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Healdsburg

Title 8 Health and Safety - Chapter 8.26 Tobacco Retailers


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Rohnert Park

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

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Sebastopol

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




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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.

Link to online application - English

Solicitud en línea para el minorista de tabaco - Español