Read the entire "Smoking in Public Areas" municipal code. On October 1, 2003, City Council originally passed an ordinance banning smoking in public areas; this ordinance was expanded in January and July 2014. The ordinance bans smoking in public areas including:
Effective January 1, 2015, this list will also include:
Many community members and organizations worked with the City of Fort Collins to develop an educational campaign called “A Change in the Air” to remind and inform the public of the law. Here are some things you can do to ensure your employees and customers are aware of the law.
If you or your staff observe someone smoking inside your establishment, ask the person not to smoke indoors. Suggest the person smoke outside and remind them that Fort Collins law prohibits smoking in indoor public and work places. You may provide an area outside of your establishment for smokers as long as it is 20 feet from the entrance, operable windows, passageway and /or your ventilation system. If you have a customer who refuses to comply, you should ask the person to leave your establishment in order to avoid being in violation of the requirement that your establishment be smoke-free. If they refuse, call the Fort Collins Police for assistance.
If smoking is allowed to continue in an establishment or place of employment, including a restaurant or bar, citations may be issued to any number of persons involved, including the business owner, the manager, the operator on duty, and the person smoking. Violation of the City Code is a misdemeanor charge that may result in a monetary fine or other consequences. As with any local ordinance, a violation of the City Code could result in a fine of up to $1,000 per day or up to 180 days in jail. Each day that an establishment, a place of employment, or an individual smoker fails to comply may be considered a separate violation.
All establishments are required to eliminate smoking completely in their place of business or employment (with the exception of limited circumstances highlighted below). Ashtrays must be removed and “no smoking” signs must be posted at every entrance to the business (minimum size is 20 square inches; sign must include international no smoking symbol and be hung between 4-6 feet above the floor).
Smoking may be allowed in patio areas if they are located 20 feet away from entrances, passageways, ventilation systems and operable windows. A 20-foot perimeter around these listed places must be kept smoke-free.
Smoking is allowed in unenclosed public places outside of the smoke-free perimeter, in certain specified public places, and in places that do not constitute a public place or place of employment as defined in the law. Here is a short list of venues in which smoking may be allowed.
The code requires all ashtrays and other smoking paraphernalia to be removed from any area where smoking is prohibited. Therefore, since smoking is prohibited 20 feet from any entrance, passageway, operable window or ventilation system the ashtrays must not be located for people to congregate and smoke within that 20 foot perimeter.
If the auto shop bay area is enclosed then the bay area must be smoke free. Enclosed is defined as all space between a floor and ceiling that is enclosed on all sides by solid walls or windows (including large garage doors) that extend from floor to ceiling. An open door or window does not make an otherwise enclosed area “unenclosed.”
Yes the code applies to all liquor stores.
All places of employment are required to be smoke free under the law. A place of employment is defined as any area under the control of a public or private employer that employees normally frequent or use during the course of employment. Therefore, regardless of whether the business allows public access to the work areas, the employer must provide a smoke free work place for the employees, including vehicles that are normally frequented or used in the course of employment.
If your home-based business has employees or you receive clients or the public in that business, then your home-based business must become smoke-free.
As long as there is no outside access to your office and the no smoking signs on the building are at every entrance, you are not required to post a sign on your office door.