Smoking in public places

Smoking in public places

Martin Place – Proud to be smoke-free

The City of Sydney undertook a smoke-free trial in Martin Place to improve public health in this busy open space.

The 12-month trial aimed to promote civic pride and amenity with a focus on a healthier way of life. 

This initiative is supported by the NSW Heart Foundation, Cancer Council NSW and Cancer Institute NSW.

The trial started on Monday 11 May 2015 and concluded on Friday 13 May 2016. 


The smoke-free trial in Martin Place will be evaluated and a report will be submitted to Council. The smoke-free areas in Martin Place are still in place until Council considers the report later in 2016.

We will publish the results of the public survey soon.  

The smoke-free zone in Martin Place will continue until Council determines  

NSW smoke free legislation

The NSW Government is mainly responsible for regulating smoking in public spaces.

City staff are not authorised to enforce NSW smoke-free legislation.

Complaints about smoking in public spaces should be lodged with NSW Health for investigation.

To make a complaint about smoking in public spaces call
1800 357 412.

You can also read more about smoking laws and initiatives.

The City 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 $80 for discarding an unlit or extinguished cigarette – $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: Friday, 13 May 2016