Tobacco sellers licensing
Important information for tobacco product sellers
In Western Australia retailers, wholesalers, and indirect tobacco product sellers are required to hold an appropriate licence. Tobacco products cannot be legally sold until a licence has been issued.
How to obtain a licence
Businesses that sell tobacco products by retail sale, wholesale or indirect sale are required to complete an application form and return it to the Department of Health with the relevant fees and supporting evidence.
What will it cost?
The following fees apply from 1July 2015.
Information required within an application will differ depending on the type of applicant.
Licence applications can only be processed once all the correct documentation is submitted.
Application forms and guidance documents are available on the Forms, signage and resources page
Please note a change to tobacco licence renewal forms
Forms must now be signed by the registered licence holder.
Licences are valid for 12 months and must be renewed if the licensee continues to sell tobacco products. Reminder letters and relevant information will be issued 10 weeks before licence expiry. To ensure a licence remains valid, license holders must follow the instructions and complete appropriate renewal forms. From 30 June 2013 renewal forms must be signed by the registered licence holder.
Display of tobacco products and smoking implements banned
Tobacco retailers are required to ensure that tobacco products, including individual packets and cartons as well as smoking implements cannot be seen by the public from inside or outside the premises.
- Retailer Fact Sheet No. 1 New Tobacco Legislation (PDF 160KB)
- Retailer Fact Sheet No. 2 Display Requirements (PDF 164KB)
Enforcement of Tobacco Products Control Act 2006
The Department of Health reserves the right to take enforcement action against anyone who knowingly breaches the new tobacco licensing laws.
Once a licence has been issued all licence holders will receive information that will contain relevant information about selling and supplying tobacco products and other requirements that must be complied with as part of the licensing scheme.
Tobacco Control Branch
227 Stubbs Terrace
Shenton Park WA 6008
Department of Health
Phone: 1300 784 892
Fax: 9382 0770