Tobacco Retail Licence

  • Act/Rule/Legislation

  • Online Link to Act/Rule/Legislation

  • Initial Setup or Ongoing Maintenance

    Ongoing compliance requirement

  • Filing and Maintenance Requirements

    A person who intends to sell tobacco products by retail must apply for a tobacco licence from the Health Products Regulation Group (HPRG), Tobacco Regulation Branch (TRB). Tobacco retail licence issued is specific to only one outlet. Separate applications need to be submitted if an applicant intends to operate more than one outlet. Applications for licence to retail tobacco products can be made online through Online Business Licensing Service(OBLS), a 24-hour integrated electronic licensing system.

  • Penalty

  • Application Guidelines / Responsible Persons / Comments

    Terms & Conditions For a Tobacco Retail Licence: •The licensee is only authorised to sell tobacco products by retail at the premises specified in the licence. The licensee is required to furnish the Authority documentary proof showing legal right of the licensee to storage use of such premises. The Authority may revoke this licence in the absence of such proof for the duration of this licence. •An application for renewal of the licence shall be submitted to the Authority at least 5 working days, before the licence expires.(Note : The renewal of a licence will only take effect after the required fees have been paid to and received by the Authority.) •The licensee shall be responsible for and shall ensure that all activities and transactions carried out at the premises specified in the licence in relation to the licensed tobacco products. •The licensee should not be convicted for any contraventions under any applicable laws or contravene any condition of this licence. •In the event the Authority receives information supported by certification from a medical practitioner of a disability impairing the licensee's cognitive abilities for the purposes of complying with this term, the Authority may suspend or revoke the licence on the basis that he is unfit and improper to hold the licence. •The licensee is responsible for the actions and conduct of all his employees in all transactions involving tobacco products at the premises specified in the licence, and the licensee must take measures to ensure that his employees are fully aware of the legal requirements and regulatory controls relating to tobacco products, including (but not limited to) ensuring that his employees are familiar with all informational material produced by HSA regarding the sale of tobacco products. •The licensee must ensure that his stocks of tobacco products are only displayed within the premises specified in the licence, in such a manner that customers and third parties do not have direct access to the products. •The licensee must ensure that any display of cigarettes at the premises specified in the licence complies with the following : 1.the premises is only allowed to have one display area, or in the case of multi-storied premises, one display area on each floor; 2.the showcase displaying the cigarettes must be placed in only one show area, either behind, on or above the sales counter where the cigarettes are sold; and only one packet of each pack size of each cigarette brand is allowed to be displayed in the showcase, and all other stocks of the licensee's cigarettes must be stored such that they are not visible to customers or members of the public. •The licensee must keep or cause to be kept every invoice or receipt in respect of each transaction of the licensed stocks of tobacco products by him or on behalf of him, for a period of one year from the date of issue for the invoice or receipt, and must produce all such invoices and receipts for inspection upon request by any authorised officer. Attention is drawn to the provisions of the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act (“the Act”), including the various Regulations made under the Act. Licensees are reminded that they must comply with all the requirements and obligations set out in the Act and the Regulations in addition to the terms and conditions of this licence. In the event the Authority finds that the licensee has contravened the Act or the Regulations or any of the terms and conditions of the licence, the Authority may suspend or revoke the licence (without prejudice to any other action against the licensee that may be provided under the law). For more information on the Act and Regulations, please refer to the HSA website.