This license is for a retail business selling or offering for sale of flavored tobacco products within the city. Tobacco products includes electronic delivery devices containing or delivering nicotine or lobelia, whether natural or synthetic, intended for human consumption. For code requirements see Chapter 324 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code, for the complete definition of tobacco Products, see Section 324.03. For other requirements, general inquiries and information about the “Tobacco Products Shop” license, please contact DSI at phone number 651-266-8989, or email DSI-Licensing@ci.stpaul.mn.us.

Tobacco Products Shop license means a license issued to a person, firm, or corporation for an establishment that:

  • Must derive at least ninety (90) percent of its revenue from the sale of licensed products;
  • Must prohibit persons who are under the age of twenty-one (21) from entering the establishment;
  • Must be accessible only through a door opening directly to the outside; and
  • Must be staffed by at least one individual solely dedicated to the “Tobacco Products Shop” during all operating hours.

Licensing Requirements

The total number of Tobacco Products Shop licenses issued under this chapter will not exceed twenty-five (25).

No tobacco license may be issued to a person, firm, or corporation for any establishment located within one-half mile (2,640 feet) of another establishment possessing a tobacco license. Said one-half mile being calculated and computed as the distance measured from the property line of the premises or building proposed as the location for the tobacco license to the property line of any other tobacco license.

Zoning Requirements

Per section 65.535 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code a "Tobacco products shop" does not include a tobacco department or section of any individual business establishment with any type of liquor, food, or restaurant license.

Standards and conditions:

(a) No tobacco products shop shall be located within one-half (½) mile (2,640 feet) of another tobacco products shop.

(b) In the BC community business (converted) and T2 traditional neighborhood districts, a conditional use permit is required for tobacco products shops with a floor area greater than two thousand five hundred (2,500) square feet. Application Requirements You must submit the following:

Inspections Requirements

Your application will be administratively reviewed by DSI Licensing and Zoning. You will be informed of any required inspections. The application must satisfy all regulatory requirements prior to issuance.

Licensed Tobacco Products Shop establishments are subject to inspections throughout the year for underage sales compliance, flavor and price compliance and other regulatory compliance.


The annual fee for a Tobacco Products Shop License is $495.00 per retail location or machine.

Expiration & Renewal

The Tobacco Products Shop License will expire one year from date of issuance and may be renewed annually.

Penalties: Sales to an Underage Buyer, see chapter 324.10 section (b) of the Saint Paul Legislative Code.

Presumptive penalties for licensees for violations. Adverse penalties for licensees for violations or convictions shall be presumed as follows:

Type of
(1) Sale to a person under
twenty-one (21) years of age
$500.00 fine $1,000.00 fine $2,000.00 fine and
7-day suspension

Per Section 324.01(d) of the Legislative Code:

No license may be issued pursuant to this chapter for a location or place of sale if a tobacco license previously issued for that location or place of sale has been revoked for any reason other than nonpayment of license fees within the past five (5) years.

Last Edited: September 7, 2023