On October 1, 2019 Denver City Council adopted an ordinance prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to people under the age of 21. Tobacco products include 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.
To learn more about the new regulations for tobacco retailers and the "Tobacco 21 (T21)" program, please visit the Department of Public Health & Environment's website.
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. However, businesses that apply for a Retail Tobacco Store License before January 1, 2021 will be exempt from these proximity restrictions.
Applications for a Retail Tobacco Store License must show that the Licensed Establishment will be operated at a valid Denver address. You can use Denver's Address Finder Tool to ensure that your address is recognized as a valid Denver address.
If your address is not recognized, please visit the Public Works website. Under the "Address Assignments" section, you will find an Address Request Form for converting your address into a valid address. The address is issued 3-4 days after the request has been submitted. If you have questions, please contact Denver Public Works at Denver.ROW@Denvergov.org.
Applications for a Retail Tobacco Store License will require a copy of a valid Zoning Use Permit. The Zoning Use Permit must reflect the valid address of the Licensed Establishment, and should reflect one of the following uses:
If you have questions or need to obtain a copy of your current Zoning Use Permit, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you do not have a Zoning Use Permit but need to submit your application for a business license, you may instead submit an Acknowledgement of Zoning Use Permit, the form can be found here.
Please be aware that no business license will be issued without a Zoning Use Permit provided by Denver Development Services. The Acknowledgement of Zoning Use Permit only allows you to submit your application, it will remain pending until you submit your actual Zoning Use Permit to Denver Department of Excise and Licenses.
Upon application, you will need to pay a $250 application fee and a $500 license fee. These fees can be paid with a bank account or a Visa, Mastercard, or Discover Card.
During the application process, a package will be assembled for you from the following three applications.
A Licensed Establishment Application
This application captures information about the location where you sell tobacco products. You will be asked to provide:
An Entity Registration Application
This application captures ownership information about the person or entity that will hold the license. You will be asked to provide:
Please note: Any entity or person that will hold multiple Retail Tobacco Store Licenses in Denver will only have to complete this application once. We will then issue an Entity Registration ID that you can provide in lieu of this application in the application packages you will need to submit for other locations where you sell tobacco products.
A Retail Tobacco Store License Application
This application verifies that you are eligible to obtain a Retail Tobacco Store License and reviews the rules and laws you must abide by as a license holder. You will be asked to provide:
Records of any alleged violation of law or rule related to tobacco sales issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (the FDA), the State of Colorado, or the City & County of Denver, to the entity or person applying for this license, or any of its owners, within the last five years
The Retail Tobacco Store License application is now available online.
After submitting your application package, either:
Your application will not be processed without payment!