Surrey | British Columbia

Surrey Public Health Smoking Protection By-law, 2008, No. 16694 Surrey Public Health Smoking Protection By-law, 2008, No. 16694, Amendment By-law, 2013, No. 17849

Smoking prohibited in enclosed/partially enclosed transit shelters, in vehicles with children under 19, within 7.5 m of doors, windows or air intakes, in partially enclosed or unenclosed customer service areas (includes patios) & within 7.5 m of a customer service area. Broad definition of smoking not exclusive to tobacco, and includes hookahs. NOTE: Sections 2.1 (g) and (h) didn’t come into effect until January 1, 2009. The bylaw was later amended to prohibit smoking on the grounds of the Surrey Memorial Hospital and the Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre, except in designated smoking areas.

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 substances…

Places Smoking Prohibited

Doorways, air intakes, operable windows
Hospital Grounds
Patios - Restaurants and Bars
Transit Shelters/Stops
Waterpipes (outdoors)

Buffer Zones

Doorways, Air Intakes and Operable Windows - Buffer Zone 1-10 m
Patios - Buffer Zone 1-10 m

Policy Analysis

This is leading edge because it explicitly includes waterpipes and other weeds and substances in the definition of smoking. Furthermore, it bans smoking in private vehicles with minors under the age of 19, and within 7.5 m of any doorway, air intake or operable window of any building or within the same distance of a patio, as well as on hospital property (except in designated smoking areas). However, the bylaw also allows for smoking clubs, which is not recommended.

Age Restrictions

Private Vehicles with Children Present - 19


Through the following section, the bylaw emphasises that the it is to be largely self-enforcing: Duty of administration and enforcement 1.5 The intent of this By-law is to set standards in the general public interest, and not to impose a duty on the City or its employees to enforce its provisions and: (a) a failure to administer or enforce its provisions or the incomplete or inadequate administration or enforcement of its provisions is not give to rise to a cause of action in favour of any person; and (b) the grant of any approval or permission or issuance of any permit is not a representation, warranty or statement of compliance with the By-law and the issuance thereof in error is not to give rise to a cause of action.

Date Passed: July 14, 2008

Date in Force: July 31, 2008

Date Last Amended: March 11, 2013

Leading Edge: Yes

Level of Government: Municipal

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

Bylaw Under Development? No

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