Prince George | British Columbia

City of Prince George Smoke and Vape Free Places Bylaw No. 8591, 2016

Bylaw 8591, 2016 was adopted on December 19th, 2016, and came into force on May 1st, 2017.

Smoking and vaping is prohibited in a number of indoor and outdoor spaces:

  • in a vehicle for hire;
  • in, or within six (6) metres of, an enclosed or partially enclosed shelter where persons wait to board a vehicle for hire or public transit;
  • within six (6) metres of a sign post or sign designating a place where persons wait to board a vehicle for hire or public transit;
  • within six (6) metres measured on the ground from a point directly below any point of any opening into any building including any door or window that opens or any air intake;
  • in a customer service area;
  • within six (6) metres of the perimeter of a customer service area;
  • on, or within twenty-five (25) metres of, any outdoor sport facility or playground;
  • within an open space area;
  • in a place of public assembly;
  • in a building, premises or facility that is owned or leased by the City, other than a rented dwelling; or
  • a hospital or health clinic.



Products Included

Cigarettes, Cigars, Pipes, Electronic Smoking Devices, Other Weeds and Substances, Waterpipes


“Smoke” or “smoking” means to inhale, exhale, burn or carry a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, hookah pipe or other lighted smoking equipment that burns tobacco or other weed or substance but does not include the ceremonial use of tobacco or other material in relation to a traditional aboriginal cultural activity

“Vapourize” or “vapourizing” means to inhale or exhale, or to otherwise release into the air, vapour produced by an electronic cigarette, electronic pipe, electronic hookah or other similar device that can be used to vapourize and deliver nicotine or other substances to the user of the device

“Customer service area” means a partially enclosed or unenclosed area, including a balcony, patio, yard, or sidewalk, that is part of, connected to or associated with a licensed establishment or other business that that serves food, beverages, or both food and beverages, to customers for consumption on or off-site

“Open Space Area” [as cited from Bylaw 7370 – A Bylaw of the City of Prince George to Regulate the Use of Parks and Open Spaces in the City] means all land:

  • (i) dedicated, owned or controlled (including jointly controlled) or used by the City as a public park, sports field, playground or recreational area
  • (ii) within a Boulevard Trail
  • (iii) within a Trail

“Outdoor sport facility” means City owned outdoor facilities used for sports including but not limited to natural or synthetic turf sports fields, soccer fields, ball diamonds, stadiums, track and field facilities, lawn bowling greens, golf courses, horseshoe pitching pits, lacrosse boxes, tennis courts, water parks, skate parks, and includes all associated public viewing areas and bleachers

“Place of public assembly” means a building or portion of such building used for gathering together of persons for the purpose of education, worship, entertainment, recreation, business or amusement, including a shopping mall and a bingo hall, but does not include a private residential dwelling

Places Smoking Prohibited

Doorways, air intakes, operable windows
E-cigarettes (indoors)
E-cigarettes (outdoors)
Golf Courses
Patios - Restaurants and Bars
Playgrounds, which may include Splash Pads and Wading Pools
Sports and Recreational Fields and Facilities
Transit Shelters/Stops
Waterpipes (indoors)
Waterpipes (outdoors)

Buffer Zones

Doorways, Air Intakes and Operable Windows - Buffer Zone 1-10 m
Patios - Buffer Zone 1-10 m
Playgrounds - Buffer Zone 21-30 m
Sports and Recreational Fields and Facilities - Buffer Zone 21-30 m
Transit Shelters/Stops - Buffer Zone 1-10 m

Policy Analysis

This bylaw is both leading edge and extremely comprehensive, prohibiting all forms of smoking (tobacco as well as other weeds and substances) as well as vaping indoors (public places and workplaces) and in several places outdoors, including municipally-owned golf courses.

Additionally, buffer zones are included around certain areas, including patios (6 m) and playgrounds and outdoor sports facilities (25 m), including all associated public viewing areas and bleachers.