Retail Tobacco and E-Cigarette Merchant's Licence - South Australia


You will need this licence if you intend to sell tobacco and e-cigarette products by retail.

A tobacco product is anything that contains tobacco or is designed for the purpose of smoking tobacco (e.g. cigarettes, rolling tobacco, herbal cigarettes, cigarette papers, etc). An e-cigarette product is a device that is designed to generate or release aerosol or vapour for inhalation by its user in a manner similar to the inhalation of smoke from an ignited tobacco product. An e-cigarette product includes parts designed for an e-cigarette (e.g. battery, heating element, or vapour).

It is a requirement that you display a copy of the licence and a prescribed notice next to each point of sale.

The approved number of tobacco and e-cigarette points of sale are restricted to one, unless the retailer also holds a certain class of liquor licence.

If you intend to sell tobacco or e-cigarette at more than one retail outlet, you must hold a separate tobacco and e-cigarette licence for each of these outlets.

It is illegal to sell e-cigarette products (commonly called vapes) containing nicotine unless the business is a pharmacy because they require a prescription for use. It is the responsibility of the retailer to ensure that e-cigarette products do not contain nicotine, regardless of whether this is disclosed on the packaging.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Please contact the agency to identify any eligibility requirements.


1 year unless licence is cancelled


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $330.00

Fees for 2023-24

Transfer process


This licence is transferable.

Administering agency

SA Health

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.