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The Town Board of the Town of Bethlehem adopted a local law that requires a Tobacco Retail License for the sale of tobacco products, electronic aerosol delivery systems, or another product regulated by section 1399-cc of the public health law. All tobacco retailers in the Town of Bethlehem are required to obtain an annual license, which includes a restriction on selling vapor products within 1,000-feet of a school.
The license requirement will go into effect in January 2021. A copy of the local law (Bethlehem Town Code Chapter 114 Tobacco and Vapor Product Sales) is available here on the Town website-townofbethlehem.org.
The Town Board has taken this initiative for the purpose of protecting the health, safety, and welfare of its residents, particularly children and young adults. The Department of Economic Development and Planning will oversee the application process for the annual license program with the assistance of the Building Division.
An application for a license for each individual store will need to be submitted to the Department by December 1, 2020. A fillable application form and list of frequently asked questions is available here. A fee of $130 is required to accompany the application and a license issuance fee of $140 will be due upon approval.