Smoke Free

From Sunday 1 July 2007, virtually all enclosed (or substantially enclosed) public spaces and work places in England were required to be Smoke Free.

Fresh North East website [external link]

Business support

Managers and those in control of premises should keep a log of smoking related incidents within the premises. This will be regarded as evidence of due diligence should an enforcement officer be called upon to investigate a complaint.

Smoking related incidents log [word document]

If staff are unsure as to their role in managing the situation the following guide will be of use.

Smoking in pubs, clubs and hotels [pdf document]

Darlington Borough Council recognises that regulations have major implications for businesses. If a business is having difficulties with compliance free advice is available.

For more information contact Customer Services on 01325 388777 and arrangements will be made for an appropriate officer to contact you within one working day.

Signage

Managers of all premises and vehicles must display 'No Smoking' signs. These have been made widely available, free of charge, by the Department of Health. Failure to display the approved signs is a criminal offence. Signs are available free of charge from Environmental Health.

Smoking shelters

Smoking is permitted where there is no roof; or there is a roof but more than half of the total wall area (including other structures such as hedges) that makes up the perimeter is permanently open.

If you, as the manger or owner of a business, are considering providing a smoking shelter, for customers or staff, you should ensure it complies with building, health and safety, environmental and planning legislation. Further advice is available in our Smoking Shelters Guidance [pdf document]

Licensing

If you are licensed premises, you may require a variation to your licensing application to cover any proposed external area for use. Contact the Licensing Department on 01325 388577 or licensing@darlington.gov.uk.

If you are trying to stop smoking, there is help and advice on our health in Darlington page.