Webpage last updated 4/29/2024. 

County of San Diego Tobacco Retail Licensing Program


Tobacco retailers in the unincorporated area of San Diego County must obtain a Tobacco Retail License (TRL) on an annual basis and comply with operating and tobacco product requirements.


TRL Application Instructions

  • The current TRL fee is $730. 
  • Retailers whose County of San Diego TRL expires on or before June 30, 2024, must submit: 1) an application, 2) a license fee, and 3) a copy of their current state TRL. 
  • These 3 documents should be submitted between May 1-May 21, 2024, to renew the TRL license.
  • Failure to submit all three items during this period may affect any pre-existing exemption to the 500-feet rule and may prevent you from receiving your County of San Diego TRL.

Instructions after Jul 1 for the New TRL Fees

  • The TRL fee for the fiscal year 2024-25 (July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025) is pending Board of Supervisors' review and approval. The TRL fee, as part of the Health and Human Services Agency annual fee package approval process, will be heard on April 30, 2024 and May 21, 2024. See Board letter.
  • April 30, 2024: If the new proposed fee is approved by the Board of Supervisors (BOS), then a second reading is required. (The BOS may opt to keep the same current fee of $730.)
  • May 21, 2024: Second reading 
  • June 20, 2024: New fee goes into effect 30 days after BOS second reading. Keep in mind, the fee may remain the same. 


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Retailers can complete the TRL forms electronically OR manually.

Retailers who choose the electronic option MUST open Adobe Reader© first to complete and sign the TRL forms. Retailers who don’t have Adobe Reader© can click here to download a free copy to their computer.

Retailers who choose the manual option MUST print the forms, complete them, sign/initial them, and then scan them so they can be emailed to the TRL program.

Click on a button below for instructions on how to apply, renew, or transfer a TRL. You can also find more information on eligibility requirements, additional resources, and a section where you can submit a complaint.


For questions or to receive additional information about the County of San Diego Tobacco Retail Licensing Program, fill out the contact form below. 




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