In order to trade or sale tobacco products in the Republic of Cyprus, one needs to obtain a licence for the sale of tobacco products by the Municipality, within the boundaries of which the activity will take place, or in any other case by the District Officer of the District within the boundaries of which the activity will take place.
Every natural or legal person is eligible to obtain the licence for the sale of tobacco products, provided that the Municipal Council or the District Officer is satisfied that the requirements set by different legislations of the Republic of Cyprus are met.
The Application form for the issuance of the licence for Trade or Sale of Tobacco Products can be submitted either through the PSC Cyprus or by contacting directly the local Municipal Council depending on the location of the premises. The application should be accompanied by a copy of identity card or passport.
In the case of District Administration Offices, there is no application form to be submitted and the physical presence of the applicant is required. The contact details of the local authorities are provided in related documents.
The applicant is informed regarding the authorisation decision within three months from the date that the application form and supporting documents were duly submitted. Upon approval, the applicant needs to pay the licence fee of €51,25 and stamp duty of €0,85 to the local Municipal Council / District Administration Office accordingly. The method of payment depends on the local Municipal Council / District Administration Office.
The licence for the sale of tobacco products is valid until the 12th of the first March following the date of issue; the licence is renewed by following the same procedure as described above.
Obligations and Supervision
Licensed persons to trade or sale tobacco products are obliged to comply with the provisions of the Excise Duties Law of 2004 (article 92) and relevant Regulations, as periodically amended, as well as with the terms and conditions of the licence set by the Municipality or District Officer.
Moreover, the licensed persons are obliged to comply with the banning of advertising tobacco under the Protection of Health (Control of Smoking) Law L.24 (I)/2017.
Authorized officers of the local Municipal Council or District Administration Office may inspect the premises, for which the licence has been issued, in order to ensure compliance with the provisions of the relevant Laws and Regulations, as well as with the terms and conditions of the licence.