Electronic Cigarette Retail Dealer License



Consumer Affairs, Department of City
You must have an Electronic Cigarette Retail Dealer license to sell electronic cigarettes directly to consumers. An electronic cigarette is a battery-operated device that delivers vapor for inhaling by heating a liquid, gel, herb, or other substance, regardless of whether it contains nicotine. Any component part, such as a cartridge or refill, is considered to be an electronic cigarette.

NYC law prohibits pharmacies and businesses that contain pharmacies from obtaining Electronic Cigarette Retail Dealer licenses.

***Important: Community District Caps***

Community district caps for Electronic Cigarette Retail Dealer licenses took effect April 26, 2018. For a list of the current community district caps, visit NYC Open Data at opendata.cityofnewyork.us and search “electronic cigarette dealer.”

You can submit this application only if:
  • Licenses are available in your community district.
  • A business with an Electronic Cigarette Retail Dealer license is sold, someone acquires 10% or more 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 Electronic Cigarette Retail Dealer Cap Exception Certification and supporting documentation.

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: Electronic Cigarette Retail Dealer License
Website: http://www.nyc.gov/dca

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