This is Alachua County Retail tobacco license webpage, you can learn about this license, how to apply, read the ordinance, and learn how to report a violation, as well as read some resources about why raising up the tobacco selling age to 21. If you have request an accommondation or have a disability, please feel free to call Code Enforcement office at 352 374 5243 Extension 2218.

Retail Tobacco Licensing

Effective date:

Tobacco Minimum Legal Sale Age 21 Ordinance takes effect on October 22, 2019, to increase the age for sale of tobacco products from 18 years of age to 21 years of age.

Tobacco Products Covered:

This includes tobacco products whether smoked, heated, chewed, absorbed, dissolved, inhaled or ingested by any other means, including, but not limited to a cigarette, e-cigarettes, a cigar, pipe, chewing tobacco, or an electronic smoking device or liquids used in electronic smoking devices.

Tobacco retailers in Alachua County need to apply for a license:

  • An Alachua County Retail Tobacco License is needed for each retail location.
  • Licenses are valid for one year.
  • Licenses must be renewed at least 30 calendar days before the expiration date.
  • The license and signage need to be displayed in the store.
  • Retail locations may not be within 1,000 feet of any public school.
  • Selling/distributing tobacco products without a license will be subject to a mandatory court appearance and fine up to $500.

Please read the ordinance for more details.

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