West Vancouver | British Columbia

Smoking Regulation Bylaw No. 4607, 2009

Smoking prohibited in a customer service area (partially enclosed or unenclosed area including a balcony, patio, yard or sidewalk that includes the service of food or beverages); within 6 m of a customer service area; within 6 m of an enclosed or partially enclosed shelter where people wait to board a vehicle for hire or public transit; within 6 m of any door, operable window or air intake of a building; on or within 6 m of any swimming beach or in a wading or swimming pool; in or within 6 m of the areas of a municipal park or playground where there are playing fields, picnic eating areas, food concessions, children’s play equipment or organized fitness activities are taking place; in or within 6 m of any municipal and/or public building including daycares, recreation and community centres; smoking prohibited on or within 6 m of the grounds of any municipal recreational facility, including skate board parks. Broad definition of smoking goes beyond tobacco to include other weeds or substances and includes hookah pipes.

Products Included

Cigarettes, Cigars, Pipes, 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.

Places Smoking Prohibited

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

Buffer Zones

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

Policy Analysis

This bylaw is leading edge because it includes waterpipes and other weeds and substances. In addition, it prohibits smoking within a buffer zone around patios, transit shelters, doorways, operable windows or air intakes of all buildings to which the public has access, as well as on beaches. This is a very strong bylaw. However, 6 m is not a great enough distance to prevent smoke from entering a building, creating a nuisance or health hazard for people entering and exiting. At least 7 m is recommended based on outdoor SHS scientific research.

Date Passed: July 6, 2009

Date in Force: July 27, 2009

Date Last Amended:

Leading Edge: Yes

Level of Government: Municipal

Smoke-free Ontario Act Status: Exceeds Smoke-free Ontario Act

Bylaw Under Development? No

Supporting Information

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Contact: info@westvancouver.ca or 604-925-7000

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