Smoke-free law

Smoke free premises and vehicles

Since 2007 it’s been illegal in England to smoke in

  • enclosed workplaces
  • public places
  • and vehicles

The regulations need smoke-free premises and vehicles to display no-smoking signs.

We are responsible for enforcing the smoke-free regulations. We can provide help and advice for specific smoke-free queries.

The police enforce smoking in a vehicle with anyone under the age of 18.

See Smoke Free England for more information.

What's an enclosed space?

An enclosed space is a space with a ceiling or roof, and except for doors, windows or passage ways are deemed enclosed, whether on a permanent or temporary basis.

A space with a ceiling or roof, but with openings in the walls less than half of total wall area, including other structures that serve the purpose of walls and constitute the perimeter of the premises. When calculating an area do not include

  • opening doors
  • windows
  • any other opening or closing fittings

Smoking Shelter

No-one has to provide a smoking shelter. If you’re installing one please email hep.snc@westnorthants.gov.uk for guidance.