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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 allowed to start retail sales when your licence application is approved. Licences are non-transferrable between companies / outlets.

Responsibilities

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: Please be aware that the maximum upload file size at GoBusiness Licensing website is 2MB for each supporting document. We may need more supporting documents to supplement your application.

Fees

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

How to apply

Go to the 24-hour GoBusiness Licensing website for easy online application.

For hawkers issued with a SFA licence, please login at the GoBusiness Licensing website via your SingPass credentials.

For business with company registration, please login at the GoBusiness Licensing website via your CorpPass credentials.

An email notification will be sent once the application is approved or rejected.

Retrieve your licence

Once approved, an electronic copy of your licence is available on the GoBusiness Licensing website, under the Licences tab. Please download and print a copy for reference at the licensed outlet.

 
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