Board releases draft ordinance on tobacco retail licensing

October 28, 2015

The Board of County Commissioners on Oct. 28, 2015 released a draft ordinance on tobacco retail licensing. The proposed action would:

  • Require a tobacco retail license with fees for every tobacco retailer location.
  • Include inhalant delivery systems (vaping products) containing or delivering nicotine.
  • Provide that violation of any tobacco control law is a violation of tobacco retail  licensing and may lead to civil penalties.
  •  Prohibit mobile sales.
  • Offer alternatives to license suspension.
  •  Require a Rulemaking Committee to adopt rules that will be administered by the Multnomah County Health Department.

Multnomah County Commissioners have scheduled the first reading Nov. 5, 2015, with a second reading and possible adoption Nov. 12, 2015. The ordinance would go into effect 30 days from approval, though rule making is expected to take some months. You can read the ordinance here: Ordinance for Amending Chapter 21-Health_relating to licensing of Tobacco Retailers in Multnomah County (35.97 KB)

You can also see a Frequently Asked Questions about Tobacco Retail Licensing (115.41 KB)