In accordance with the City's Public Health Protection Bylaw, the City of Richmond recently instituted more restrictive smoking prohibitions to protect the public.
Smoking is NOT permitted:
- in public places such as restaurants, pubs/bars, pool halls and retail establishments;
- in public parks and school grounds which includes beaches, trails, playing
fields, golf courses, docks, piers, heritage sites, public recreation centres, arenas,
swimming pools, City Hall plaza and other City properties open to the public;
- within 9 metres of "customer service areas" such as sidewalks, balconies & patios, as well as equivalent clearance to doors, windows, air intakes, transit shelters & transit signs;
- within 25 metres of playgrounds or outdoor playing facilities.
Smoking regulations can be found under "Subdivision Six" of the City's Public Health Protection Bylaw No. 6989, which is enforced by health inspectors through Richmond Environmental Health (part of Vancouver Coastal Health) and by property-use inspectors through the City's Community Bylaws Department.
Provisions regarding the sale of tobacco and vapour products to minors can be found in BC's Tobacco And Vapour Products Control Act, which is enforced by tobacco enforcement officers, also through Vancouver Coastal Health.
For more information on smoking regulations that apply to businesses and organizations, please contact:
Richmond Environmental Health
8100 Granville Avenue,
Richmond, B.C. V6Y3T6
For more information on smoking regulations that apply to individuals (public), please contact:
Community Bylaws Department
6911 No. 3 Road,
Richmond, B.C. V6Y2C1
Education and Awareness
To download Richmond's smoking prohibitions in a printable format, please refer to the City's various sign templates; "New Smoking Regulations (EN)" / "New Smoking Regulations (ZH)", "Smoke Free Environment (EN)" and "No Smoking Within 9 Metres (EN)".
To access tools aimed at helping BC residents quit smoking, please call 1-877-455-2233 (24/7 hotline) or visit the QuitNow website.
To find out more about the health impact of smoking including disease prevention, please call 1-800-665-LUNG (5864) or visit the BC Lung Association website.