Smoke Free ‘Signs’ Regulation 2012

New legislation has been introduced in England to relax the regulation regarding the number of ‘No Smoking’ signs required in substantially enclosed public places.

The Smoke Free ‘Signs’ Regulation 2012 changes the previous requirement for there to be a No Smoking sign displayed throughout a substantially enclosed public place, so that one can be seen effectively at all times.

The new regulations require just one sign be displayed in any substantially enclosed public place.

There has been no indication as to where that sign needs to be displayed, but common sense would suggest a prominent location or at the entry point to the premises.

The new legislation does not prevent public places from having more than one sign and individual premises can decide for themselves if they feel having more than one sign would be of benefit; locations popular with tourists for example where visitors may be unfamiliar with English rules and laws, may find it beneficial to display more than one sign.

It is still the responsibility of the premises to enforce the no smoking laws and the heavy fines for allowing smoking in enclosed public places still apply.

Those operating premises in Wales are not covered by this new legislation and must still follow existing laws on the display of signs under the Smoke Free (Signs) Regulations 2007.


Author - Peter Mayhew is the Managing Director of Beyond the Blue Training & Consultancy. He delivers training courses and provides expert opinion on alcohol & entertainment licensing to organisations and public bodies. Peter is a frequent contributor to industry publications.

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