Information for Businesses

 


 
Ban on the Sale of All Tobacco Products in Beverly Hills

On June 4, 2019, the Beverly Hills City Council unanimously approved an ordinance to prohibit the sale of tobacco products in the City starting on January 1, 2021.

The key provisions of the ordinance include:

  • A permanent exemption/carve out for three existing cigar lounges;
  • Effective January 1, 2021, hotels, existing and future, may only sell to guests;
  • Effective January 1, 2021, all other businesses shall stop selling tobacco products;
  • A hardship exemption provision for retailers that demonstrate the ban would cause undue hardship; and
  • City Council review of the impacts on tourism in three years.

Notwithstanding of the January 1, 2021 date, the sale of flavored tobacco products is already prohibited. Please see additional information below. 

Retailers who wish to apply for a hardship exemption may submit a complete application to the City's Regulatory Permits/Business Tax Division no sooner than July 1, 2020 and no later than October 2, 2020.  

For more information, please contact (310) 285-2424. 

 

  Reports and Public Meetings

 

Ordinance No. 19-O-2783 19-O-2783
2019-06-04 City Council Formal Meeting Report Video
2019-05-21 City Council Formal Meeting Report Video

2019-05-07 City Council Formal Meeting

Report Video
2019-04-29 Health and Safety Commission Meeting

Report

Report

Video
2019-04-22 Health and Safety Commission Meeting

Report

Report

Video
2019-04-09 Health and Safety Commission Liaison Committee Meeting Report Highlights

2019-03-25 Health and Safety Commission Meeting

Report Video

2019-02-25 Health and Safety Commission Meeting

Report Video

2019-02-05 City Council Study Session

Report Video
 

 
 Ban on Sales of Flavored Tobacco Products

As of December 21, 2018, the City of Beverly Hills prohibits the sale of flavored tobacco products. The law applies to all tobacco retailers within Beverly Hills. Any tobacco retailer that sells a flavored tobacco product is in violation of the requirements for operation under its Tobacco and Electronic Cigarette Retailer Permit. A first violation to a permit condition is $250. A second violation within a five-year period is $750 and the permit is suspended for 90 days. A third violation within a five-year period is $1,000 and the permit shall be revoked.

 A flavored tobacco product is any tobacco product that imparts a characterizing flavor other than the taste or aroma of tobacco, including, but not limited to, menthol, mint, wintergreen, fruit, chocolate, vanilla, honey, candy, cocoa, dessert, alcoholic beverage, herb, or spice.

The flavor ban applies to all tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco, smokeless tobacco, and electronic cigarettes. Menthol cigarettes are included in the ban on flavored products. Products authorized by the United States Food and Drug Administration as a tobacco cessation product, such as nicotine gum, are not included in the ban.

 

For more information, please contact (310) 285-2424. 

 

  Reports and Public Meetings

Final Ordinance Ordinance  
2018-08-21 City Council Formal Session Report Video
2018-08-07 City Council Formal Session Report Video  
2018-08-07 City Council Study Session Report Video 
2018-02-26 Health and Safety Commission Meeting Report Video 
2018-01-22 Health and Safety Commission Meeting Report Video 
2017-11-30 City Council Liaisons Meeting Report Highlights
 

Prospective Businesses

Generally speaking, the City treats e-cigarette and smoke shop use establishments the same if located in commercial zones where retail establishments are allowed. If you are a potential business owner interested in establishing a tobacco or e-cigarette business, please contact:

Development Services
Phone: (310) 285-1141

 

Current Businesses

The City's local regulations require tobacco and e-cigarette retailers to annually apply for a city permit to sell such products. The sales of such items from stand-alone vending machines are not allowed. For information about the tobacco and e-cigarette permit process, please contact:

Customer Service Division
Phone: (310) 285-2424

 

Code Violations

To report a code violation, please contact:

Beverly Hills Code Enforcement
Phone: (310) 285-1119

 

Policies in Development

For questions related to policies currently in development, please contact:

Michael George, Management Analyst
Phone: (310) 285-1014
 
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