Tobacco Retail Dealer License

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New Application Fees: $150 or $200 HOW TO APPLY
Application Reviewed Within: 2 Weeks AFTER YOU APPLY
Renewal Fees: $200 OPERATING & RENEWING
Renewal Cycle: 2 Years OPERATING & RENEWING

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Consumer Affairs, Department of City
You must have a Tobacco Retail Dealer license to sell cigarettes or tobacco products directly to consumers. DO NOT SUBMIT THIS APPLICATION IF YOUR BUSINESS IS OR CONTAINS A PHARMACY.
NYC law prohibits pharmacies and businesses that contain pharmacies from obtaining Tobacco Retail Dealer licenses.

***Important: Community District Caps***
Community district caps for Tobacco Retail Dealer licenses took effect February 24, 2018. There are currently no licenses available in any community district. For a list of the current community district caps visit NYC Open Data.

You can submit this application only if:
  • A business with a Tobacco Retail Dealer license is sold, someone acquires more than 10% of the shares of the corporation, or there is a change in partnership. You (the new business) may apply for a new license at the same location as long as there is a current, active license in good standing at the address AND you apply for a new license within 30 days of the sale or change.*
  • Your business is located in certain airports or parks that are not subject to the community district caps.*

*If you meet one of these exceptions to the cap, you must submit the Tobacco Retail Dealer Cap Exception Certification and supporting documentation. See the form for more information.

Monitor nyc.gov/dca for updates about community district caps.
Next: Apply

NYC Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA)
Licensing Center
42 Broadway, Lobby
New York, NY 10004
For further assistance, please call 311 and ask for: Cigarette Retail Dealer License
Website: http://www.nyc.gov/dca

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