Smoking in Outdoor Public Places




Support among Whitby residents for smoke-free environments is strong, especially in outdoor places or areas where children and youth play or congregate. According to a report issued by the Region of Durham Health Department, second hand smoke has been linked to a number of health related matters and young children are especially vulnerable.

What you should know

Whitby Council has put in to place restrictions, regulating smoking on properties owned by the municipality where municipal services and activities are provided to the public or at outdoor areas for the public and visitors alike to enjoy.

A General Guide

The Smoking Restrictions By-law prohibits smoking on the following Town properties:

  • All parks including all playground areas, recreational fields, soccer pitches, lacrosse fields and boxes, multi-purpose fields, baseball diamonds, splash pads, tennis courts, skateboard parks, bocce courts, lawn bowling greens, off leash dog parks, beaches, and picnic shelters;
  • All libraries and library properties;
  • All recreation centres and recreation centre properties;
  • All arenas and arena properties; and
  • All municipal event areas during Town organized events.

The by-law regulates smoking on the following Town properties:

  • Smoking is not permitted within 20 metres of Town Hall and other municipal administration buildings; and
  • Smoking is not permitted on marina properties, except in designated smoking areas located at least 20 metres from marina buildings.

Signs are posted at municipal facilities and parks notifying the public and visitors of the smoking restrictions. 

Regulating smoking in outdoor public places helps to protect the health of residents, especially children and youth, and promotes healthy lifestyles and wellness for all ages.

Still have questions?

If you have any questions regarding the Smoking Restrictions By-law, please contact By-law Services at 905.430.4345 or by email at

Filing a Complaint

To file a complaint regarding a possible by-law contravention, please contact By-law Services by email or complete the online complaint form below.

All complaints, including emails, must contain the complainant's name, address and phone number. Please note that all personal information about complaints is kept confidential.


Smoking Restrictions By-law (PDF, 752 kB)