Philadelphia City Council passed an ordinance on June 9, 2011 that requires all retailers that sell any type of tobacco product (cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, hookah tobacco, snuff, snus, chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco, bidis, and electronic cigarettes) to obtain a tobacco permit.
This ordinance became effective January 1, 2012, under Amended Chapter 9-600 of the Philadelphia Code, entitled “Service and Other Businesses.”
This permit enables us to monitor tobacco retailers and ensure that they are complying with the applicable laws.
Retailers that sell cigarettes and/or little cigars are required to have both the Philadelphia Tobacco Retailer Permit and a Cigarette Dealer License from the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.
Retailers that sell any other type of tobacco products are only required to have the Philadelphia Tobacco Retailer Permit. Owners of establishments in which cigarette vending machines are located are also responsible for obtaining a permit.
Any retailer that is selling tobacco without a valid Tobacco Retailer Permit will be fined $75 per day.
If you have any questions, please contact Jody Wilkins at 215-685-7340.