A Guide to Durham Region’s Smoke-Free By-law

As of June 1, 2004, all public places* and workplaces must be
100% smoke-free.

Public Places

A public place is any indoor area to which the public has access and includes (but is not limited to):


A workplace is any enclosed, indoor area where an employee works. This includes all common areas such as:

Owners’/Employers’ Responsibilities

The owner or person in charge of a business is responsible for:

No Smoking Signs

The by-law requires that owners/ employers post the required No Smoking signs, in plain sight, at all entrances to the building. Signs are available from Durham Region Health Department.


Download the By-law

Anyone who smokes in a prohibited place is guilty of an offence and is subject to a fine of up to $5000. As well, owners/employers will be prosecuted for non-compliance with the by-law if they do not:

This Guide provides an overview of The Regional Municipality of Durham’s Smoke-Free By-Law No. 66-2002 and is not intended to be a legal document.

* Bingo halls, racetracks and casinos are permitted to have a designated smoking room.