Tobacco dealers

Tobacco dealers in Minneapolis need a license. Minneapolis has three types of tobacco dealer licenses.


We license the retail sale of tobacco, tobacco products or tobacco-related devices. 

Tobacco includes the following:  

  • Cigarettes, cigars and other smoking tobacco 
  • Snuff, chewing tobacco or any other form of tobacco for chewing or smoking.   

Tobacco-related devices include any tobacco product for chewing, sniffing or smoking tobacco. This includes:

  • Pipes  
  • Rolling papers 
  • Hookahs   

Before you begin

See How to open a new business 


Minneapolis has three types of tobacco dealer licenses:  

Exclusive tobacco dealer

At least 90% of gross revenue must come from the sale of: 

  • Tobacco products
  • Loose tobacco
  • Plants or herbs
  • Cigars
  • Cigarettes
  • Smoking accessories

You may sell all flavors of tobacco products. 

Tobacco dealer

This is a tobacco department or section of an individual business. You may only sell non-flavored tobacco products. 

Tobacco dealer/Off-sale liquor store

You may only sell non-flavored or menthol tobacco products. 


Tobacco dealers in Minneapolis need a license. 

See Tobacco Dealer Application

If you already have a license in Minneapolis and want to add a tobacco license:

See Tobacco Dealer - Add a License


Find your license fee 

How to submit your license application 

Submit your application to Business Licenses & Consumer Services

If you have questions, contact:

More information


Report concerns about a business with a tobacco license


The information on this page should serve as a guideline only.

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Business Licenses & Consumer Services

Community Planning & Economic Development






Public Service Building 
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 220
Minneapolis, MN 55415


Minneapolis 311


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