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Tobacco Retailer’s License

Updated January 30, 2023

Online Business License Services Now Available

The City of Cerritos is pleased to announce that City business license services are now available online. You can apply for, renew, or pay business license fees online at: Please see below for information on accessing City business license services online:

Current City Business License Holders

  1. Call the Business License Office at (562) 916‑1236 to link your current account to a new portal account that will be created for you.

    When calling, ensure you have the following information:
    • Current Cerritos business license number
    • Business name and address
    • Business owner name
    • A preferred online user name that will be associated with the account
    • An email address that will be associated with the account
  2. Once your portal account has been created by the Business License Office, you will be able to log in to access online business license services at

New Businesses

  1. Create a portal account at
  2. Click “Submit an Application” to apply for a new business license. Follow the instructions and ensure you have all required supplemental documentation.

For more information, please call the Business License Office at (562) 916-1236 or email

To obtain a tobacco retailer’s license, you will need to apply at the City’s online permit portal at Please note, to obtain a tobacco retailer’s license, you will first need to obtain a commercial business license for the primary business use. Once your commercial business license has been approved, then you are eligible to apply for a tobacco retailer’s license. As part of the tobacco retailer’s license application process, you will need to provide the following supporting documentation in the portal:


Resubmit After Making Corrections

Upon submitting an application, you will be notified if corrections are required. To resubmit your application after making the required corrections, please follow the resubmittal instructions here (PDF).


To renew your City business license, please follow the renewal instructions here (PDF).

On February 14, 2008, the Cerritos City Council adopted an ordinance requiring businesses that sell tobacco to obtain a City of Cerritos tobacco retailerís license. The licensing ordinance also provides for the suspension or revocation of the license if the merchant sells tobacco products to minors or violates other local, state, or federal laws related to tobacco sales.

On November 14, 2019, the Cerritos City Council adopted Ordinance No. 1028 amending Chapter 5.35 and Section 22.40.320 of the Cerritos Municipal Code, prohibiting the sale of electronic cigarettes in all zones throughout the City of Cerritos.


  • Tobacco retailer’s licenses are issued by the City of Cerritos Business License Office.
  • The tobacco retailer’s license costs $50 per year, and must be renewed prior to the expiration of the payment term.
  • The tobacco retailer’s license is only required for merchants who sell any products containing tobacco and must be obtained prior to selling these products.
  • The tobacco retailer’s license must be posted in a conspicuous location on the premises that is visible to the public.
  • The tobacco retailer’s license is non-transferable and is valid only for the person and location issued for the period indicated, unless it is suspended or revoked for cause.
  • Effective July 1, 2020, tobacco retailer licenses will no longer be issued to merchants/retailers for the display, sale, offer for sale or possession with the intent to sell electonic cigarettes or associated paraphernalia, including vape products.


Penalties will be imposed as followed pursuant to Chapter 5.35 of the Cerritos Municipal Code:

  • 1st Violation—Written warning
  • 2nd Violation within three years of first violation— Thirty (30) day suspension
  • 2nd Violation within twelve months of first violation— Ninety (90) day suspension
  • 3rd Violation within three years of first violation— Ninety (90) day suspension
  • 4th Violation within three years— License Revocation

To Obtain a license

Visit the City of Cerritos Business License Office, located at Cerritos City Hall, 18125 Bloomfield Avenue, Cerritos CA 90703

Customer Satisfaction Survey

To help us better serve you, please take a short one-minute customer satisfaction survey to provide any feedback for improvement.

more info iconFor additional questions, please contact the Business License Office at (562) 916-1236 or

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