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 in Outdoor Public Places By-law restricts smoking within 20 metres or 65 feet of the following outdoor public places:

  • A Playground Area, which includes swings, slides, climbing apparatus, play sand area, benches, gazebos or shade structures, ledge rocks, or any area that differentiates the playground;
  • Outdoor Recreational Field, which includes all playing fields such as soccer pitches, lacrosse fields and boxes, multi-purpose fields, baseball diamonds, players benches and warm-ups areas, side lines and spectator seating areas;
  • Outdoor Recreational Facilities, which include areas for playing sports or for other activities including splash pads, tennis courts, multi-purpose courts, skateboard parks, bocce courts, lawn bowling green, field houses and club houses, off leash dog parks, beaches, picnic shelters and designated picnic areas;
  • Public entrances and exits to all municipal buildings where municipal services are provided, including the Station Gallery and Whitby Public Library branches;
  • Smoking in a Parkette or within 15 metres of a Parkette is not permitted. A parkette is a small park generally characterized with limited playground equipment; and,
  • Smoking is not permitted within a Municipal Events Area during Town organized events except within a specific designated smoking area.  

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 in Outdoor Public Places 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 in Outdoor Public Places By-law (PDF, 69 kB)