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Smoking in Fort Collins

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Enforcement is in Effect

Our team is conducting regular patrols to ensure compliance with smoking restrictions.

  • Please review the enforcement map and information listed on the page.
  • If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.
  • Violations are a criminal misdemeanor and require physical appearance in court.
  • If you see smoking where it is not permitted, please report violations by calling 970-416-2200 or online using Access Fort Collins under Nuisance Reporting.

Smoking is prohibited in the following areas and types of businesses:

  • No smoking in any Fort Collins restaurants and bars.
  • No smoking on or within 20 feet of outdoor dining areas or patios abutting a public right-of-way or sidewalk.
  • No smoking in any places of employment, except in locations in which the City Code expressly permits smoking.
  • No smoking within a 20-foot perimeter outside of the entrances, operable windows, passageways and ventilation systems of smoke-free areas, except for passersby who do not stop.
  • No smoking in bowling alleys and bingo parlors.
  • No smoking at any of Transfort's public transit facilities, benches, and platforms.
  • 100% of hotel/motel rooms must be smoke-free.
  • The use of electronic smoking devices will be prohibited in all places where conventional smoking is not allowed.

Smoking is permitted in the following areas:

  • You may smoke in private residences (except those in use for public services).
  • You may smoke in retail tobacco stores.
  • You may smoke in private functions not open to the public.

The local ordinance prohibits retaliation against any employee, applicant for employment or customer due to the exercise of rights under the ordinance. Read the entire "Smoking in Public Areas" municipal code.


City Council formally approved additional smoking restrictions at their February 17, 2015 meeting. The restrictions banned smoking for the following areas:

  • Expanded downtown area, including Old Town Square
    (in effect as of January 1, 2016)
  • All City owned or operated facilities and their grounds
    (in effect as of September 1, 2015)
  • All City parks, trails, and natural areas
    (in effect as of September 1, 2015)
  • Most City-approved events and festivals
    (in effect as of as of 2016 event season)