Tobacco Retailers License

Changes Effective January 1, 2018


Be advised, by January 1, 2018, all retailers in El Cerrito must comply with the following provisions:
  • Minimum Age for Employees Selling (21 years old)
  • No Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products
  • No Sale of Single and Small-Pack Cigars, plus associated recordkeeping required for original labeling and packaging
The City’s Tobacco Retailer License Program went into effect on January 1, 2016. Download the adopted Ordinance.

Tobacco Retail License Applications


All retailers offering any tobacco products for sale in the City of El Cerrito are required to have a tobacco retailer license. The License Renewal Fee for 2018 is $439 per location. A new license is $485 per location
Penalties for late payments made after July 31 are assessed and increase monthly.

Apply for a New Tobacco Retail License
You will need to pay the license fee when you submit the application:
Download the Application for a New Tobacco Retail License PDF
Renew an Existing Tobacco Retail License
The annual license needs to be renewed in July each year.
You will need to pay the license renewal fee when you submit the application.
Renew your license online or download the 2018 Tobacco Retail License Renewal Form PDF.

Resources for Retailers


Program Summary Brochure (updated July 2016)
Tips for Measuring Display Area
Resources for Business Owners
Educational materials from California Department of Public Health

Please contact Sean Moss at 510-215-4359 with any questions.