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Apply for a Tobacco Licence

Apply for a Tobacco Licence

Tobacco Retailers Guide

Anybody selling tobacco products must have a tobacco seller's licence or be an employee of someone who holds a tobacco seller's licence. It is important all tobacco retailers familiarise themselves with tobacco control legislation as there are penalties for breaches. This legislation can be found at Public Health Act 1997

How to apply

If you intend to sell tobacco products at more than one location you will need to complete an application form for each separate premise.

Fill out the licence application form checking you have included:

  • the prescribed fee required (see application form)
  • a copy of current photographic id which proves you are over 18 years of age (even if you are renewing your licence) Important information for tobacco seller's licence applicants
    Send your application to: Public Health Services, Tobacco Licensing Officer, Level 3, 25 Argyle Street, Hobart TAS 7000

Please note:

  • Only individuals, not companies, can apply for a tobacco seller's licence.
    You do not need to display your licence unless you are advised to do so, however, you should keep a copy of the licence on your premises.
  • You must also display approved notices

A tobacco seller's licence expires at the end of the period specified in the licence or 12 months from the date of issue, whichever is sooner. You will be sent an application to renew your licence before it expires.


The person in charge of any premises that sells or supplies any tobacco product must provide information to employees about the sale and supply of tobacco products to children. This information can be provided verbally, but it is recommended licence holders obtain written acknowledgement from employees responsible for selling tobacco products that they have been made aware it is an offence to sell or supply tobacco products to a child.

A child is defined as a person who has not attained the age of 18 years.

Want more information?

Tobacco Retailers Guide

Guidelines for the Sale of Tobacco

Call the Public Health Hotline - Tasmania on 1800 671 738.

February 2017