503-988-4163

Starting July 1, 2016, any business that does retail sales of tobacco, nicotine and vaping products in Multnomah County is required to get a license. You will be able to apply for a license starting July 1. This applies to any business that sells these products, including:

  • Convenience stores
  • Bars
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Music venues

Mobile sales of tobacco are prohibited. Violations of any tobacco retail law (federal, state or local) will impact your license and result in fines, penalties or suspension.

This new license was created to increase retailer knowledge and compliance of laws regulating the sale of tobacco and nicotine products. In other states it has helped to reduce youth access to tobacco in our community.

Requirements

  • You must display the license where customers and staff can easily see it.
  • If your business has multiple locations, you must get a license for each one.
  • The license may not be transferred to someone else (such as to a new owner when you sell your business) or to a different location.

More about these and other requirements:

Tobacco Retail License Ordinance (95.87 KB)
Tobacco Retail License Rules (81.36 KB)

Get a License

Submit a  Tobacco Retail License Application (261.3 KB) and the license fee payment. You must submit an application for each business location that you operate. Send or deliver to:

Environmental Health Services
ATTN: TRL
847 NE 19th Ave, Suite 350
Portland OR 97232 (MAP)

If you have questions and wish to speak with someone in a language other than English, please call us at 503-988-4163.

You will receive a response within 10 business days after we receive your application. Each licensed tobacco retailer will be subject to at least one unannounced site visit each year.

Application Forms

Tobacco Retail License Application (261.3 KB)
Tobacco Retail License Application - Español (Spanish) (564.73 KB)
Tobacco Retail License Application - Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese) (590.09 KB)
Tobacco Retail License Application- 中文 (Chinese) (1.09 MB)
Tobacco Retail License Application -русский язык (Russian) (588.43 KB)
Tobacco Retail License Application - 한국어 (Korean) (850.36 KB)
Tobacco Retail License Application - Af-Soomaali (Somali) (567.95 KB)

Fee

$580 per license

Renew

Each license is good for one year and must be renewed annually. The renewal date will be printed on the license. We will also inform you when it's time to renew at least 30 days before it expires.

Routine Inspections

Inspectors from Multnomah County Health Department will visit your business at least once a year to ensure that it follows the Tobacco Retail License Rules (81.36 KB). Inspections are unannounced. You are required to let inspectors conduct their inspection, or you may face penalties and could have your license suspended or revoked.

Penalties

If an inspector finds you out of compliance with the county’s tobacco retail ordinance, or any state or federal tobacco retail law, you will be subject to fines, penalties or suspension.

  • 1st violation: $500 fine and mandatory training 
  • 2nd violation within 60 months: $500 fine and 30-day license suspension 
  • 3rd violation within 60 months: $750 fine and 90-day license suspension 
  • 4th violation within 60 months: $1,000 fine and license revocation for 2 years

Questions?

Tobacco Retail License FAQs»

Helpful Resources

Data & Reports

Education & Training

It is our goal to provide regularly scheduled trainings for retail owners and employees to improve their knowledge about tobacco laws. Please check back in fall 2016 for a schedule.


Contact Us

Environmental Health Services
847 NE 19th Ave, Suite 350
Portland OR 97232 (MAP)

503-988-4163
hlth.tobacco.prevention@multco.us