Retail tobacco store

What is a Retail Tobacco Store License?

On Oct. 1, 2019 Denver City Council adopted an ordinance prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to people younger than 21 years old. This includes nicotine products, vape products such as e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products. The law also requires all businesses that sell tobacco products to obtain a retail tobacco store license. 

 Basic Information

All businesses that sell tobacco products must have been licensed by July 1, 2021

To learn more about the new regulations for tobacco retailers and the "Tobacco 21 (T21)" program, visit the Department of Public Health and Environment's website.

Proximity restrictions

The new ordinance requires all businesses that sell tobacco products to be located at least 1,000 feet away from schools, city-owned recreation centers, and city-owned outdoor pools.

Additional FAQs

Download the Retail Tobacco Store License FAQ(PDF, 359KB) for answers to other frequently asked questions. You can also contact the tobacco program directly with additional questions at (720) 865-6835 or