Tobacco licences

Tobacco licensing regulates smoking in public places and workplaces.

It also regulates tobacco packaging, advertising and display.

Tobacco licensing prohibits the sale and supply of tobacco and other smoking products to children.

It is an offence to sell tobacco without a licence in the Northern Territory.

Changes to the Tobacco Control Act

From 1 July 2019, a number of changes will apply to the Tobacco Control Act.

This includes:

  • regulating the sale, supply and promotion of e-cigarettes as if they are a traditional tobacco product including:
    • e-cigarette accessories
    • heat-not-burn and other vaping devices including their accessories
  • prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes and similar devices in smoke-free areas and applying the same penalty as tobacco products
  • prohibiting employees under the age of 18 from selling tobacco products in retail outlets
  • prohibiting tobacco vending machines in areas of a licensed premises where a child (someone under the age of 18) can spend time in
  • applying a 10 metre smoke-free buffer area from all boundaries, entry points and exits around public events and community facilities including:
    • racing facilities
    • community markets
    • playgroup areas and playgrounds
    • school grounds
    • showground facilities
    • sports fields
    • swimming pools.

For more information, go to the Department of Health website.

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You must have a tobacco licence to sell tobacco in the Northern Territory.

You can apply for a one-year, three-year or five-year licence.  A licence will expire on the anniversary of the date it was issued.

How to apply

To apply, follow these steps.

Step 1. To apply online, go to Licensing NT Online or fill in the tobacco licence form.

Tobacco licence form (77.8 kb)
Tobacco licence form (64.5 kb)

Step 2. Get a police history check.

Step 3. Check the fee.

Step 4. Submit your application and fee at your nearest Territory Business Centre.

Tobacco licences issued in the Northern Territory are valid for one, three or five years. They must be renewed before they expire.

How to renew

To renew follow these steps.

Step 1. To apply online, go to Licensing NT Online or fill in a renew a tobacco licence form appropriate for your business type:

Company

Renew a tobacco licence  (55.1 kb)
Renew a tobacco licence    (740.5 kb)

Partnership

Renew a tobacco licence (48.7 kb)
Renew a tobacco licence (735.1 kb)

Individual

Renew a tobacco licence  (49.8 kb)
Renew a tobacco licence (713.6 kb)

Step 2. Get any new managers to complete a police history check.

Step 3. Check the fee.

Step 4. Submit your application and fee at your nearest Territory Business Centre.

A tobacco licensee in the Northern Territory can transfer their licence to any of the following:

  • an individual
  • a company
  • a partnership
  • an association.

How to transfer a tobacco licence

To transfer a licence follow these steps.

Step 1. Fill in a  transfer a tobacco licence form:

Step 2. Get a police history check.

Step 3. Submit your application and fee at your nearest Territory Business Centre.

A tobacco licensee can apply to change the manager of their tobacco licence.

How to apply

To apply follow these steps.

Step 1. Fill out a change a manager of a tobacco licence form:

Step 2. Get the proposed manager to complete a police history check.

Step 3. Submit the application and fee at your nearest Territory Business Centre.

Licensed premises in the Northern Territory must apply for permission to allow smoking in outdoor areas.

Only approved providers can issue compliance certificates.

Approved providers

Bill Dickinson

Woodhead
Email: wdickinson@woodhead.com.au
Phone: 08 8981 9177

Helen Makris

NBC Aboriginal Corporation
Email: helen.nbc@westnet.com.au
Phone: 08 8269 5588

Michael Sadubin

Innersphere Pty Ltd
Email: info@innersphere.com.au
Phone: 02 9959 5656

Andrew Swenson

Architect, in4D
Email: Andrew@in4D.com.au
Phone: 08 8947 0530

Smoking is restricted in outdoor eating and drinking areas in the Northern Territory.

However, licensed premises that meet strict requirements can establish and operate outdoor smoking areas.

When to apply for an outdoor smoking areas certificate

You should apply for an outdoor smoking areas certificate if you plan to establish an outdoor smoking area on your premises.

If your submission meets legislative requirements, you will be issued a compliance certificate.

Before you apply

You should enlist the help of an approved provider to prepare your submission.

You should also consider your ability to provide all supporting information.

How to apply

You need to submit an application for an outdoor smoking areas certificate form.

Application for an outdoor smoking areas certificate form (68.9 kb)
Application for an outdoor smoking areas certificate form (64.6 kb)

You can submit this form and the prescribed fee at your nearest Territory Business Centre.

Tobacco retailers in the Northern Territory must display both of the following signs:

  • a tobacco health warning
  • a notice prohibiting selling or supplying tobacco to children

Required signs

Health warnings

You must display at least one of these four health signs where you sell tobacco.

Smoking kills (42.5 kb)
Need help to quit smoking (46.1 kb)
Want to quit smoking (48.9 kb)
Smoking can kill you (46.0 kb)

Under 18

You must display the following sign where you sell tobacco:

Notice prohibiting sale to children (98.6 kb)

Where to get smoking signs

You will receive free signs after you apply or renew your tobacco licence.

You can also phone the Tobacco Hotline in 1800 888 564 to request free signs.

You have to pay to apply or renew a tobacco licence in the Northern Territory (NT).

Fees do not include GST.

Item​​Fee
Apply or renew a tobacco licence for one year​$242
Apply or renew a tobacco licence for three years$726
Apply or renew tobacco licence for five years$1,210
Certificate of compliance for an outside smoking area​​$60
​Police history name check$72

Last updated: 06 August 2019

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