Smoke-free law

Smoke free premises and vehicles

Since 2007 it’s been illegal to smoke in enclosed workplaces, public places and vehicles in England.

The regulations also require smoke-free premises and vehicles to display no-smoking signs at all times.

We are responsible for enforcing the smoke-free regulations and can provide help and advice for specific smoke-free queries.

From October 2015 it’s been illegal to smoke in a vehicle with anyone under the age of 18. This is enforced by the police.

Further information can be found at Smoke Free England.

What is an enclosed space?

An enclosed space is a space with a ceiling or roof, and except for doors, windows or passage ways are deemed enclosed, whether on a permanent or temporary basis.

A space with a ceiling or roof, but with openings in the walls less than half of total wall area, including other structures that serve the purpose of walls and constitute the perimeter of the premises. When working out the area of an opening, no account can be taken of openings in which doors, windows or other fittings can be opened or shut.

Both enclosed and substantially enclosed spaces must be smoke free.

Smoking Shelter

Smoking shelters do not have to be provided anywhere. If you’re installing one please email CommAndBusSupport@CherwellandSouthNorthants.gov.uk for further guidance.