Urbana Smoking Ordinance

Description: Beginning January 1, 2007, all Urbana‘s Bars and Taverns Will Go Smoke Free.

Urbana passed an Ordinance amending Chapter 11 of the Urbana city code in relation to smoking in public places and places of employment, which prohibits smoking in workplaces and public areas including bars and restaurants. The purpose of this ordinance is to protect the public health from the dangers of secondhand smoke.

  • Effective 8/1/06, smoking is not allowed in most public places, restaurants, or restaurants with bars.
  • Effective 1/1/07, smoking is not allowed in any tavern or bar.

Signs
Every public place and workplace shall have “No Smoking“ signs conspicuously posted. The ordinance also requires the removal of ashtrays and other smoking paraphernalia, and a means of disposing of smoking materials at all building entrances.
You may print some signs by clicking the links on the right sidebar under “Posters and Signs”.

Outdoor Smoking
Smokers may smoke outside in designated areas. Smoking is prohibited within six (6) feet of any door, window, or intake air vent of any prohibited area or business. There are to be both smoking and non smoking outdoor areas, which must be clearly posted with appropriate signs.

Complaints
Any citizen who desires to register a complaint concerning smoking may notify the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District by calling (217) 373–7900, (217) 352–7961, or (217) 239–7827. They may also fill out an on-line complaint form located on the CUPHD website.

A citizen may also appear in person at the City of Urbana Police Department, 400 South Vine Street, Urbana, to file a formal complaint. Do not call 911.

Penalties
Both the individual smoking and the business establishment can be fined under the new smoking ordinance. Amounts of fines start at $135 and may go up to $750 for additional violations by businesses

Source: City of Urbana
Date Last Revisited: 12/04/09