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Cigarette / Tobacco License

This license is for businesses selling or offering for sale at retail any tobacco (i.e., cigarettes, cigars, snuff, chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco, or any other kind or form of tobacco prepared in such a manner as to be suitable for chewing or smoking).

Effective 12/15/1999, the City of Saint Paul will no longer accept new or renewal license applications for cigarette sales for vending machines for any establishment that allows entrance to youth under the age of 18. State of Minnesota Statute 461.18(2) states "No person shall sell tobacco products from vending machines. This subdivision does not apply to vending machines in facilities that cannot be entered at any time by persons younger than 18 years of age."

If you have questions, contact DSI at (651) 266-9090, or email the DSI Message Center.

Code Requirements

See Chapter 324 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code for information about selling cigarettes/tobacco.


Application Requirements

You must submit the following:



This license requires inspection approvals from the Saint Paul Fire Department (Ph: (651) 266-9090), Licensing, (Ph: (651) 266-9090), and Zoning (Ph: (651) 266-9008).


The annual fee for a Cigarette / Tobacco License is $431.00 per selling location or machine.

Expiration & Renewal

The Cigarette / Tobacco License will expire one year from date of issuance and may be renewed annually.

Penalties for Sales to Minors

See Chapter 324.11 Presumptive Penalties of the Saint Paul Legislative Code for detailed information about fines.

Licensee / Business Penalty Schedule

Clerk / Employee Penalty Schedule





First Offense


First Offense $50.00
Second Offense


Second Offense $50.00
Third Offense

30-day suspension of license

Fourth Offense

Revocation of license

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