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South Pasadena Tobacco Retail Permit Requirement

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The South Pasadena Municipal Code (S.P.M.C) requires local merchants that are licensed to sell tobacco products by the California State Board of Equalization to purchase an annual South Pasadena Tobacco Retail Permit in order to sell tobacco products within South Pasadena. The annual fee for the permit is $120. The South Pasadena Tobacco Retail Permit application is available for download below:


On February 18, 2009, the South Pasadena City Council approved an amendment to S.P.M.C. Chapter 18 (Business, Professions and Trades) with the addition of Part 6 (Tobacco Retailer Permit) and the establishment of a tobacco Retail Permit fee.


Under S.P.M.C. Ch. 18 Part 6 include (but are not limited to):

  • Each Tobacco Retailer Permit shall be prominently displayed in a publicly-visible location at the Permitted location.

  • No Person who is younger than the minimum age established by state law for the purchase or possession of Tobacco Products shall engage in Tobacco Retailing.

  • All Tobacco Retailer shall keep all Tobacco Products out of public view.

  • All Tobacco Retailers shall not display any advertisement relating to Tobacco Products or Tobacco Paraphernalia that promotes the sale or distribution of such products from the Tobacco Retailer’s location or that could lead a reasonable consumer to believe that such products can be obtained at that location.

  • No Permit may issue to authorize Tobacco Retailing at other than a fixed location. For example, Tobacco Retailing by Person on foot or from vehicles is prohibited. No tobacco retailer may be located within 500 feet of any public school as measured from the closest point on the property line of the parcels containing the retailer’s establishment and the school.

  • It is the responsibility of each Proprietor to be informed regarding all laws applicable to Tobacco Retailing, including those laws affecting the issuance of a Tobacco Retailer Permit. No Proprietor may rely on the issuance of a Permit as a determination by the City that the Proprietor has complied with all laws applicable to Tobacco Retailing.

Under S.P.M.C. Ch. 18 Part 6 include (but are not limited to):

  • The compliance of each Tobacco Retailer shall be checked at least one time per twelve month period.

  • Compliance checks shall be conducted so as to allow the Department to determine, at minimum, if the Tobacco Retailer is conducting business in a manner that complies with laws regulating youth access to Tobacco.

  • Violations are subject to a civil action brought by the City Prosecutor or the City Attorney, punishable by a civil fine not less than $250 and not exceeding $1,000 per violation.

  • In addition to other remedies provided by this Part or by other law, any violation of this Part may be remedied by a civil action brought by the City Attorney, including, for example, administrative or judicial nuisance abatement proceedings, civil or criminal code enforcement proceedings, and suits for injunctive relief.


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