Signage and markings

Will there be requirement for no-smoking signs in smokefree areas?

Yes. All smokefree premises and vehicles will have to display no-smoking signs that meet the requirements that are set out in the proposed Smoke-free (Signs) Regulations. 

 

What signage do I need to display?

Under the Health Act, it is a legal requirement to display required no-smoking signs.
 

No-smoking signs in smokefree premises

The regulations  require all smokefree premises to display a no-smoking sign in a prominent position at each entrance that:

a. is the equivalent of A5 in area,

b. displays the international no-smoking symbol in colour, a minimum of 70mm in diameter, and 

c. carries the words in characters that can be easily read:

"No smoking.  It is against the law to smoke in these premises".

On the sign, the words "these premises" may be changed to refer to the particular premises where the sign is displayed, for example "this hotel" or "this office".

The regulations also set out that a no-smoking sign that simply displays the international no-smoking symbol in colour, a minimum of 70mm in diameter, is the minimum requirement at entrances to smokefree premises which:

are for staff only (on the basis that the premises displays at least one A5-sized sign with words, as set out above), or

are located within other smokefree premises (for example, a shop within an indoor shopping centre).

 

No-smoking signs in smokefree vehicles

The regulations require any person with management responsibilities for a smokefree vehicle to have legal duties to display a no-smoking sign in each enclosed compartment that can accommodate people.  These no-smoking signs must simply display the international no-smoking symbol in colour, a minimum of 70mm in diameter.
 

Where can I obtain the correct signage?

Signs are available to download from the Smokefree England website.  Also, signage is available through commercial providers.  Please make sure any signs from commercial sources comply with the legal requirements for England, rather than the slightly different signs used in other countries such as Scotland and Wales.