Sweeping Smoking Ordinance Effective Jan. 1

Date of Record: 2013-12-19
Contact:  Tom Ritter

New No-Smoking Ordinance Effective January 1

CORONADO, CA (December 19, 2013) - Beginning New Year's Day, smoking will no longer be permitted outdoors on public property in Coronado. The sweeping no-smoking ban includes public streets, highways, alleys, rights of way, parkways, sidewalks, parking lots and pathways.

City officials are hoping to spread the word about Coronado's new ordinance, which was approved by the City Council in October and goes into effect Jan. 1, 2014. The City currently prohibits smoking in parks and at beaches. But the new ordinance nearly eliminates outdoor smoking in most of the rest of the City.

There are exceptions. Smoking may be permitted in an outdoor dining area if a majority of the outdoor dining area is located on private property. Smoking is permitted on the Coronado Golf Course. Smoking also is permitted on private property, except in areas that are open to the general public, such as an ATM, or at an event, such as an arts fair held in a private parking lot. Smoking will continue to be allowed on all outdoor residential property, if permitted by the property owner, regardless of its distance from any doorway or window of an enclosed building around which smoking is prohibited.

The City anticipates that most people will voluntarily comply with its new regulations. However, City Code Enforcement staff and the Police Department will respond to complaints of smoking violations and request voluntary compliance. The City may issue a citation for up to $100 for the first offense. Those responsible for an outdoor area where smoking is prohibited shall not knowingly allow smoking in the area.

The City has created a Smoking Ordinance page on its website where residents, business owners and visitors can go for more information. The webpage contains a Q&A, sample signs and the City's Smoking Ordinance.

Below, you will find samples of No Smoking signs that may be printed and displayed. For a high resolution image or if you have any questions, please contact the City Manager's Office at (619) 522-7330.