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Department of Health Services

Tobacco/Nicotine Prevention

Tobacco Retailers

Impact Sonoma

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

Tobacco Retailer License Renewal

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

Applications and fees are due each year by July 1.

Link to application for County of Sonoma Unincorporated

Link to application for Town of Windsor

Link to application for City of Petaluma
Overview of Petaluma Tobacco Retail License

Solicitud en línea para el minorista de tabaco - Español (currently unavailable)

Other cities that have TRLs that are managed by those cities and not the Department of Health Services include: Sebastopol, Sonoma and Healdsburg. Please contact those cities directly with any questions about license renewal.

Frequently Asked Questions

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. 

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.