Apply for a tobacco retail licence

Before you can retail tobacco products, you need to have a licence. Find out how to apply for one.

Tobacco retail licence

A tobacco retail licence is issued specifically to a particular outlet. If you operate more than one outlet, please make a separate application for each outlet.

You are only allowed to commence retail sales after your licence application is approved. Licences are non-transferrable.


As a tobacco retail licensee, you are responsible for:

  • All transactions of tobacco products carried out at your retail outlet.
  • The actions of your employees.
  • The supervision of the sale of tobacco products in compliance with the relevant laws.
    • Employees must be familiar with the laws governing the sale of tobacco products.
    • Non-employees are not allowed to handle and retail tobacco.
    • All tobacco products on your licensed premises can only be accessed by employees.
    • Only one packet of each pack size of each cigarette brand is allowed to be displayed in the tobacco storage unit, whenever exposed to customers or the public, whether during re-stocking or during a sales transaction. However, this does not apply to duty-free and specialist tobacconist businesses.
  • Verifying the age of buyers.
  • Retaining every invoice or receipt for each tobacco transaction for a period of 1 year from the date of issue. You should be able to produce these upon request by an authorised officer.

The retail of tobacco products is not allowed:

  • To minors below the Minimum Legal Age (MLA).
  • At makeshift or temporary stalls.
  • In hospitals, medical clinics, pharmacies, Chinese medical halls, Traditional Chinese Medicine clinics.
  • At gaming arcades.
  • In youth-centric institutions under the Ministry of Education (MOE) or Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF), such as:
    • Childcare centres
    • Pre-schools
    • Kindergartens
    • Rehabilitative homes
    • Schools
    • Institutes of Technical Education (ITE)
    • Polytechnics
    • Universities

Sale of tobacco products to minors

Anyone who, directly or indirectly, sells any tobacco product to a person below the MLA faces the following:

First offence Maximum $5,000 fine upon conviction
  • 6 months' suspension of tobacco retail licence.
  • Immediate revocation of licence if the sale is to minors in school uniform, or minors below 12 years of age.
Subsequent offence Maximum $10,000 fine upon conviction Revocation of tobacco retail licence.

Who can apply

  • Individuals above MLA:
    • Who have not committed the offence of selling tobacco products to minors (persons below the MLA).
    • Who have not been convicted of contravening any of the applicable laws or terms and conditions of the licence.
  • Companies registered with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) or companies or individuals licensed by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) to retail food and beverages:
    • Company Director.
    • Sole proprietor.
    • Partner.
    • Company Manager or originator.

Documents required

The following documents are required for private limited companies and sole proprietorships or partnerships:

  • NRIC of applicants. 
  • Tenancy agreement or lease (minimum one year occupation period from date of application).
  • GIRO (application form227 KB) for licence renewal.

Note: We may request for more supporting documents to supplement your application.


Refer to  tobacco control fees and turn-around-time for more information.

How to apply

You can apply for your tobacco retail licence online through the 24-hour GoBusiness Licensing website. Ensure you have your SingPass or CorpPass credentials before you access the system.

You will be notified by e-mail once your application has been approved or rejected.

Retrieve your licence

Upon approval, an electronic copy of your licence will be available on the GoBusiness Licensing website, under the Licences tab. You may download and print a copy to keep for reference at the licensed outlet.