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Are you opening a restaurant?
Planning a study?
Looking for information about tobacco laws?

This page has many of the permits and forms you'll need for a wide range of activities and issues. Businesses may find additional permits and forms at the City of Philadelphia's Business Services Center.

This committee ensures that all research involving PDPH data, staff or clients supports the mission of the Department.

As required by Department policy, medical ethics and federal regulations, all research that involves human subjects must be reviewed by an IRB prior to implementation and on an ongoing basis.

Several laws in Philadelphia concern the promotion, sale and use of tobacco products. Retailers and businesses should become familiar and compliant with these laws to help ensure the success of their business and to protect and promote the health of all Philadelphians.

NOTICE: If you are looking for information on the Board of Health’s Regulation Relating to Tobacco Retailing, click here.

Selling tobacco products and electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes)
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) must obtain a tobacco retailer permit.

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.

Preventing tobacco and e-cig sales to minors

To prevent nicotine addiction and protect our youth and young adults from serious health harms, the sale of tobacco products and e-cigarettes to anyone under 18 years of age is against the law.

No smoking or use of e-cig indoors

Philadelphia’s Clean Indoor Air Worker Protection Law provides all Philadelphians with clean, fresh air to breathe in the indoor and outdoor spaces in which they work, study, dine, relax, and recreate.

Sign Control Law

Philadelphia’s Sign Control Law limits the amount of window or transparent door space that can be covered with signs in retail settings. This law beautifies neighborhoods by removing excessive signage and enhances safety by improving sightlines in and out of stores.