Summerland | British Columbia

Bylaw Number 2015-020, A Bylaw to Regulate Smoking Outdoors in the District of Summerland

Summerland District’s smoke-free outdoor bylaw prohibits smoking:

  • within 9 m of any doorway, air intake or operable window of a building on district property, or
  • on or within 9 m of any district walkway (excluding sidewalks), parkland (including beaches and trails), playgrounds, recreational fields, and related spectator seating, whether or not a no-smoking sign is posted.

The definition of smoking includes tobacco, other weeds or substances including cannabis, as well as using an e-cigarette. The bylaw allows for designated smoking areas.

Products Included

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


“Designated Smoking Area” means an area that is set aside and with signage indicating that smoking is allowed in this area, provided that such area will be a minimum of nine (9) metres from any entrance, exit, building opening of any District facility including but not limited to parkland, playground, sports field, spectator seating area, ice surface whether or not a “No Smoking” sign is posted;

“Outdoors” means an open outdoor space located on District Property, including any temporary building, structure or part thereof, whether covered by a roof or not, but does not include a Highway intended for the passage of vehicles or the vehicles, whether open or closed upon such a Highway;

“Park” means any Property owned or occupied by the District for the purpose of pleasure, recreation or community use by the public, including but not limited to dedicated parks and trails, but does not include District Property leased to a third party;

“Smoke” or “Smoking” means the inhaling, exhaling, burning or carrying of a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, electronic cigarette, or other smoking equipment that burns or vaporizes tobacco, marijuana, or any other substance;

“Swimming Beach” means an area adjacent to the shore of the lake or other body of water that is used for swimming;

“Walkway” means that area of land designated or designed specifically for the passage of pedestrians or active uses and shall include a pathway but will not include a Municipal Sidewalk.

Places Smoking Prohibited

Doorways, air intakes, operable windows
E-cigarettes (outdoors)
Playgrounds, which may include Splash Pads and Wading Pools
Sports and Recreational Fields and Facilities

Buffer Zones

Beaches - Buffer Zone 1-10 m
Doorways, Air Intakes and Operable Windows - Buffer Zone 1-10 m
Parks - Buffer Zone 1-10 m
Playgrounds - Buffer Zone 1-10 m
Sports and Recreational Fields and Facilities - Buffer Zone 1-10 m
Trails - Buffer Zone 1-10 m

Policy Analysis

This is a leading edge bylaw because it prohibits using electronic cigarettes outdoors, smoking tobacco or other weeds and substances within 9 m of all district property and buildings, including beaches, trails and parks. However, the bylaw does provide for designated smoking areas, which are not recommended.

Date Passed: October 13, 2015

Date in Force:

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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Bylaw 2015-020

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