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Retailers can sell tobacco products and paraphernalia only to individuals who are at least 21 years old. There is one exception: the minimum sale age remains 18 for active duty military personnel with an identification card (ID) issued by the United States Armed Forces.
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Tobacco retailers in the City of Scotts Valley are required to submit an application for a tobacco retail license and meet certain requirements of the ordinance in order to obtain and maintain the license.
A tobacco retailer means any person who sells, offers for sale, or does or offers to exchange for any form of consideration, tobacco, tobacco products, or tobacco paraphernalia. “Tobacco retailing” shall mean the doing of any of these things. This definition is without regard to the quantity sold, offered for sale, exchanged, or offered for exchange.
Tobacco product means:
Tobacco paraphernalia includes cigarette papers or wrappers, pipes, holders of smoking materials of all types, cigarette rolling machines, and any other item designed for the consumption, use or preparation of tobacco products.
Significant tobacco retailer means any tobacco retailer for which the principal or core business is selling tobacco products, tobacco paraphernalia, or both, as evidenced by the fact that
After the effective date of this ordinance, no license shall be issued to a significant tobacco retailer at any location, measured from the nearest property line, that is within one thousand feet of a school, or 500 feet of a park, or other business or institution whose primary business or purpose is the instruction or education of children or those under the age of 18. Examples of such places include, but are not limited to, tutoring centers, child care centers, recreational facilities and gyms.
The tobacco license issued by the California State Board of Equalization is meant to curb tobacco tax fraud and the counterfeiting of tobacco products. That license does not preempt local jurisdiction from adopting local tobacco licenses. On December 16, 2015 the Scotts Valley City Council adopted an ordinance adding Chapter 5.22 to the City code relating to the licensing of tobacco retailers. The ordinance promotes responsible tobacco retailing and compliance with federal, state and local tobacco ‐ related laws, especially those that prohibit the sale or distribution of tobacco products to minors.
To legally sell tobacco products in the City of Scotts Valley, you will need a valid state tobacco license and a City tobacco license. This requirement is in effect as of June 15th, 2017.
The license requires that tobacco retailers comply with federal, state and local tobacco ‐ related laws, including provisions of the City's tobacco license. Information about the City's tobacco license is provided in this FAQ and can also be found in Chapter 5.22 "Tobacco Retailer Licenses" and Chapter 8.25 "Regulation of Tobacco and Electronic Cigarettes Advertising and Sales" of the Scotts Valley City Code Ordinance Number 188. Educational materials regarding state and federal tobacco laws can be obtained by contacting the Scotts Valley Police Department at 831-440‐5670.
At this time there is no fee.
The term of the license is one (1) year beginning each fiscal year on July 1st and ending on June 30th of the same fiscal year.
Each tobacco retailer needs to apply for renewal of the tobacco retailing license (TRL) no later than thirty (30) days before the expiration date of the TRL.
No, tobacco retailers cannot transfer their license from one person to another or from one location to another. Whenever a new person obtains ownership in a business for which a tobacco retailer license has been issued, a new tobacco retailer license is required.
No, mobile vending (by persons on foot or from vehicles) is prohibited. Pushcart vendors, food trucks, foot peddlers, etc. cannot sell tobacco products.
Yes. Compliance checks will be conducted by the Scotts Valley Police Department to see if stores are selling to those under the age of 21.
Violations of the license are subject to monetary fines, suspension and / or revocation of the license.
Please notify the Scotts Valley Police Department at 831‐440‐5670.