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.