Houston Health Department
If you’re going to commit the crime you will pay the fine
September 1, 2007 the city wide ordinance was passed banning smoking in non smoking areas. These areas consist of public places, work places public or private, and with in 25 feet of any door or wheel chair ramp. This also includes any public spectator events such as sports games and public transportation stops such as light rails and bus stops. Smoking is only permitted in private residents and private clubs; private clubs are establishments that gain access by member key cards or other devices. Tobacco retail shops, ice houses and out door seating areas are also places where smoking is allowed. This ordinance is for the city of Houston only if you feel there are violations in your community contact your local health department.
The city of Houston Environmental Investigators job is to investigate complaints of smoking in non smoking areas. The power lies in the hands of the public because that is where the information of the violations comes from. Investigators perform a number of tasks during the smoking inspections that can determine if there are any violations present at any establishment. If there are violations present while inspections are taking place a citation to appear in court will be written, each time a citation is written the dollar amount will increase.
City of Houston No Smoking Ordinance
- Rules and Regulations - Smoking Ordinance Enforcement
- The Smoking Ordinance
- Smoking Ordinance Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Suggested No Smoking Sign text and size for posting in food establishments
- Smoking Permitted Private Function Meeting Area Notification
- Smoking violations complaint form
- For fee schedules, go to http://www.houstontx.gov/finance/feeschedule/
- Impact Report, January 2009 > The Economic Impact of the Smoking Ordinance on Restaurant Sales and Mixed Beverage Sales in Houston, Texas - a report by MGT of America, Inc.
- Impact Report, September 2006 > The Impact of the Smoking Ordinance on Restaurant Sales in Houston, Texas