Laws & Regulations
Ipswich City Council
Smoke Free Public Places
Ipswich residents and visitors expect a clean and healthy environment. Ipswich City Council has designated NEW smoke-free public places to make the city a cleaner and healthier place to live and visit.
From 1 February 2013, smoking will no longer be permitted in the following public places:
As a reminder, signage will indicate most smoke-free areas.
Request for Smoke Free Poster
Are you a local business located near a bus stop or taxi rank, or in the Ipswich Mall?
Click here and complete the form to request a smoke-free poster and show your support.
Request for No Smoking signs
The following signs are available free of charge from Queensland Bookshop.
Enforcing smoke-free areas
Ipswich City Council officers will be authorised to carry out enforcement in the smoke-free areas and will be assisted by Queensland Police. On the spot fines will be issued if necessary. We thank you for helping to make our community a cleaner and healthier place to be.
It is an offence to smoke:
The Ipswich City Council is committed to maintaining a clean, healthy and attractive city for the benefit of everyone. Help us to make our community a cleaner and healthier place to be.
Help to quit smoking
For information on how to quit smoking please see Council's website for related links and resources.
For more information on the State Government legislated smoke-free areas visit: www.health.qld.gov.au/tobaccolaws/outdoor/default.asp
Frequently Asked Questions
Who enforces Queensland's tobacco laws?
Did you know that different tobacco laws in Queensland are enforced by different governments? Both State Government and now your Local Government (Ipswich City Council) have a responsibility in enforcing relevant regulations.
What does State Government enforce?
Queensland State Government Environmental Health Officer's (EHOs) enforce the laws in public places about no-smoking:
A copy of the legislation enforced by Queensland Health EHOs, the Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Act 1998, can be found at http://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/OQPChome.htm
What does Local Government enforce?
With the new local law being introduced, Ipswich City Council's Environmental Health Officer's (EHOs)will regulate smoking in pedestrian malls and public transport waiting points (bus stops/zones, and taxi ranks/zones on local and state controlled roads) described above
How do the EHOs enforce these regulations?
Council and State Government EHOs undertake proactive patrols of areas and may issue on-the-spot fines and directions as required. EHOs need to be present when the breach occurs to issue a fine. However locations where breaches may have occurred can be collated by Council and State Government so that these locations can be investigated as part of any subsequent proactive patrol.
How much are the fines?
For State Government controlled matters the fines include:
For Local Government controlled areas:
Reporting a possible breach of State Government controlled areas:
If you wish to report a person or business that may be in breach of tobacco laws (smoking near a building entrance, or near children's playground equipment), you have two options:
Reporting a possible breach of Local Government controlled areas:
If you have a concern about smoking occurring at a pedestrian mall or public transport waiting point, contact Ipswich City Council on (07) 3810 6666 for more information about local laws or to report a possible breach.
PLEASE NOTE: Council EHOs cannot issue fines or notices after the event; they must be present when the breach occurs. However, Council will obtain details of possible breaches so that these locations will then be investigated by EHOs during their next proactive patrol.
Download our Smoke Free Public Places brochure (PDF, 1.1 mb).
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