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. 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 Electronic Cigarette 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 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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