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Anti-Smoking Ordinance Enforcement

Local Enforcement of the California Labor Code that bans smoking in places of employment is easily started with a telephone call to the City's Smoking Ordinance Hotline at: (213) 978-3568.

Following the first complaint to this telephone hotline, a letter will be sent to the business owner, explaining the State Law. If a second complaint is received, a field investigation by a Los Angeles Fire Department Inspector will be initiated.

Please note: At this time, your Los Angeles Fire Department is not able to accept, process or forward smoking complaints received via e-mail or at Neighborhood Fire Stations. All enforcement actions regarding the Smoking Ordinance are handled by specially trained staff at LAFD Headquarters.

Please call (213) 978-3568 to initiate enforcement!

Compliance is not difficult to understand. With few exceptions, there is no smoking in an enclosed workplace. The owner of a business, whether an office, bar, retail store or any other, is responsible to not allow employees to smoke, to post no smoking signs at all entrances and to make a reasonable attempt to prevent customers and non-employees from smoking.

If the owner does not comply, they will be cited and scheduled for an administrative hearing. Likewise, a customer or non-employee may also be cited for smoking in a banned location.

For the business, fines are a maximum of $100 for the first infraction, $200 for the second infraction and $500 for the third. Cal-OSHA may then step in, issuing up to a $7,000 fine.

For a patron found in violation of the law, fines range from $81 to $324.

Making money through fines is not the intent of enforcers. Compliance with State Law is the goal.

To report a suspected smoking violation in the City of Los Angeles, you must call the Smoking Ordinance Hotline at (213) 978-3568. To assure proper coordination and documentation of enforcement efforts, response is made only to complaints that are directed to the Hotline. We emphatically remind you:

Do not call 9-1-1 to report a Smoking Ordinance violation!

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