License for Retailers Selling Tobacco & Vaping Products

Louisville Metro Council recently amended Louisville’s comprehensive smoke-free law to include a section (LMCO 90.11) requiring licenses for retailers selling tobacco, tobacco products, and/or electronic smoking devices or hookah. Effective January 1, 2022, tobacco retailers who sell any type or amount of tobacco or electronic smoking device will be required to have a local license to operate in Louisville, Jefferson County. Licenses will be renewed annually for a fee of $10. Initial applications will also include a one-time $25 for a zoning check. Partial payments will not be accepted. Be sure to apply for and purchase your license.

The goal of this local licensing system is to ensure that retailers comply with tobacco control laws and business standards to protect the health, safety, and welfare of our residents and youth.

The licensing is required for any retailer who sells any of the following products:

  • Tobacco

  • Tobacco products (i.e. cigars, cigarettes, chewing tobacco, snuff, etc.)

  • Tobacco paraphernalia (i.e., wrappers, pipes, rollers, etc.)

  • Electronic smoking devices (i.e. vape pens, e-cigarettes, e-hookah)

A license is needed for each unique retail location. A new license will be required if the business changes owners or locations.

Licensing and Zoning for retailers selling the beforementioned products, has proven to reduce youth tobacco initiation tobacco rates, usage of tobacco and electronic products, and allow cities to monitor compliance with tobacco control laws. Additionally, zoning laws control how close one retailer can be from another, and how close retailers can be from typically youth serving organizations such as schools, churches, and community centers. Visit our site for more information about our local zoning ordinances and go to page 337.

If you are a retailer who is ready to apply for your initial license, or you are ready to renew your existing license, please visit our webpage. Additionally, here is a PDF you can follow along with to help you apply. Please don’t hesitate to call us at 502-574-6650 or email us at [email protected] if you have questions

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