Smoking and the City

Smoking and the City

Smoking complaints

The NSW Government is responsible for regulating cigarette smoking in the public domain. City of Sydney staff are not authorised to enforce the smoking laws and so all complaints concerning smoking in public spaces should be forwarded to NSW Health for investigation.

To make a complaint concerning smoking in the public domain call 1800 357 412. You can read more about smoking laws or lodge a complaint.

The City of Sydney supports NSW Health programs to reduce the public health impacts of smoking.

Smoking restrictions

Smoking laws were changed in 2012 making it illegal to smoke in some outdoor spaces including:

  • public transport stops and stations
  • around entrances to public buildings
  • near children's playgrounds
  • near spectators at sports grounds

The NSW Government has also announced that smoking in outdoor dining areas will be prohibited from July 2015 – and will include smoking bans on footpaths outside licensed cafés and pubs.

Since July 2007, smoking has been prohibited in all enclosed areas of licensed premises open to the public in NSW with the exception of private gaming rooms at The Star casino.

NSW Health may impose penalties if a person smokes, or a venue allows someone to smoke, in a smoke-free area.

Stamping out butts

We need fewer cigarette butts on our streets and in our waterways

A City Ranger or NSW Police Officer may fine an individual $60 for discarding an unlit or extinguished cigarette, and $200 if it is still alight.

Personal ashtrays are available free from our Neighbourhood Service Centres.

The City will supply businesses with 1 free wall-mounted ashtray to attach to their building’s exterior.


To obtain more information or to make a complaint, contact your local Public Health Unit or the Tobacco Information Line.

NSW Health: Tobacco information line
1800 357

Last updated: Tuesday, 8 July 2014