The provincial Tobacco Reduction Act prohibits smoking in all public places and workplaces.
Effective October 17, 2018, there are new rules on smoking and vaping.
Smoking will not be permitted within 10 metres of:
- Doorways, windows and air intakes of buildings and patios
- On a patio
- Bus stops
In addition, smoking will not be allowed on or within:
- Any patio or building (buildings include those that are publicly or privately owned, to which members of the public have access, such as stores and restaurants)
- Public vehicles (buses, taxis, LRT, and other vehicles that transport the public for a fee)
- Parks containing playgrounds, sports fields, skate parks, bicycle parks, outdoor theatres, outdoor pools, water spray parks, seasonal skating rinks or off-leash areas
- School properties or child care facility properties
- City-owned golf courses
- Ski hills
- Transit stations, bus terminals and LRT platform
- Sir Winston Churchill Square, Fort Edmonton Park, the John Janzen Nature Centre, the Edmonton Valley Zoo, the Muttart Conservatory and William Hawrelak Park
- Anywhere designated as a no-smoking area for cannabis or tobacco
Smoking cannabis and tobacco will be permitted in private residences. However, private property owners may establish their own restrictions for smoking on their property.
For more information on particular interpretations of the bylaw, check our Frequently Asked Questions.
Disposing of Cigarette Butts
Discarded cigarette butts are one of the most common forms of littering in the city. Business owners and managers are responsible for ensuring the area around their business is free of cigarette litter. The city has several programs to help keep Edmonton free of cigarette litter.
Reporting Your Concerns
If you have a concern about someone smoking in a public place or cigarette litter:
- Discuss your concern with the smoker or the business owner
- Record the address of the violation and a description of the problem if you can't resolve it directly
- Call 311
- Provide your name, address, phone number, and the details of your concern in case your testimony is required in court
Responding to Your Complaint
After you call 311, the City takes these steps to help with your issue:
- A file is created specifying your concerns
- A Community Standards Peace Officer (CPO) opens an investigation
- The officer investigates your complaint
- The CPO may issue a warning notice with directions to remedy the problem within a specified time frame or issue a bylaw ticket with a $250 fine depending on the circumstances
- The City may contact you to appear as a witness, if the matter goes to court
Protecting your Privacy
The information you provide will be used to process your complaint, but your name and address will not be made available to anyone else. For more information on how the City protects your privacy visit Freedom of Information and Privacy.