Smoking is illegal in public places and workplaces if they are partly or completely enclosed. This law affects most public premises including workplaces and vehicles, and this applies to staff, customers and visitors.
The council enforces the smoke-free legislation and failure to comply with the law is an offence:
- If a business fails to display a 'no smoking' sign in premises covered by the law they could receive a fixed penalty of £200 (discounted to £150 if paid within 15 days from the issue of a notice) or a fine of up to £1,000 if taken to court
- If someone is found smoking in a smoke free place they may get a fixed penalty notice of £50 (discounted to £30 if paid within 15 days from the issue of a notice) or a fine of up to £200 if taken to court
- If a business fails to prevent smoking in a smoke-free place or vehicle they could get fined up to £2,500 if they are taken to court