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The Department of Excise and Licenses will be adding information on pre-application steps, including Zoning information, to this website in the coming weeks.

Retail Tobacco Store License


On October 1, 2019 Denver City Council adopted an ordinance prohibiting the sale of tobacco/nicotine products, including vape products like e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products, to those under 21 years of age. The law also requires Denver's tobacco retailers to be licensed.

In January 2020, the Retail Tobacco Store license required in the City and County of Denver will be available online. The Department of Public Health & Environment and the Department of Excise and Licenses will provide information to assist applicants with this process.

Proximity Restrictions

To be exempt from all proximity restrictions related to the retail tobacco license, all retailers must apply by July 1, 2020.

All retailers must be licensed by January 1, 2021.

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



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