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Smoke free outdoor areas
Since 7 January 2013, following the amendment to the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000, smoking has been banned in a number of public outdoor areas, including:

  • Within 10 metres of children’s play equipment in an outdoor public place;
  • In open areas of swimming pool complexes;
  • In spectator areas of sports grounds or other recreational areas during organised sporting events;
  • At public transport stops and stations, including the area where people gather or queue to wait for the bus, taxi, or light rail; and
  • Within 4 metres of a pedestrian access point to a public building.

The new laws focus on selecting public outdoor settings that are often frequented by children and families, or can be crowded, or where people have limited opportunity to avoid second hand smoke.

Since 6 July 2015, smoking is also banned in commercial outdoor dining areas including:

  • A seated dining area – an area in which seating is provided and in which food that has been purchased and served on plates or packaged for immediate consumption is consumed – but only while food is being consumed or is available for purchase there;
  • Within 4 metres of a seated dining area on licenced premises or at a restaurant; or
  • Within 10 metres of where food is sold or supplied for consumption at a food fair. 

NSW Health is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000. Penalties of up to $300 apply for anyone who fails to comply with the law. Only where a Council has introduced a smoking ban under the Local Government Act 1993, they can be enforced by Council rangers. Singleton Council does not have a smoking ban under the Local Government Act 1993.

If you think an outdoor smoking ban has been broken, it can be reported to NSW Health by their:
  1. Online form; or
  2. Tobacco Information Line on 1800 357 412.

NSW Health do not recommend confronting the person.

Fact sheets
A range of fact sheets explaining the new laws are now available:

Enquiries
Further information and enquiries can be directed to NSW Health.


Singleton Council
PO Box 314 Singleton NSW 2330
Ph: 02 6578 7290