Public advised that City of Oxnard smoking ordinance will go into effect Dec. 20, 2016

treat arial, viagra sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;”>Residents, businesses and visitors are advised that Ordinance No. 2908 regulating smoking at indoor and outdoor areas will go into effect Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016. The ordinance was adopted by the City Council Sept. 20, 2016.

The new regulations prohibit smoking (including vaping) of any type of combustible substance in/at:

  • Dining areas: Any indoor or outdoor area, including restaurant patios, streets and sidewalks, used for consuming food or drink.
  • Public events: Any event open to the general public regardless of any fee or age requirement. Examples include farmers markets, festivals, fairs and parades.
  • Recreational areas: Any area that is publicly or privately owned, and open to the general public for recreational purposes regardless of any fee requirement, including but not limited to parks, beaches, picnic areas, gardens, swimming pools, walking paths, trails, skateboard parks and playgrounds.
  • Service areas: Any publicly or privately owned area, including streets and sidewalks, used by one or more persons to receive a service or to make a transaction. Examples include areas at or near ATM lines, ticket lines, bus stops, kiosks and shelters.
  • Inside all facilities owned, leased or controlled by the City of Oxnard
  • Within a reasonable distance (25 feet) from any area where smoking is prohibited: Includes any doorway, window, opening or vent into an enclosed area in which smoking is prohibited, except while actively passing on the way to another destination.

The smoking ordinance also requires any owner, operator, manager or other person in control of a non-smoking area to post “No Smoking” or “Smoke-free” signs in a conspicuous place at each:

  • Point of ingress to the non-smoking area, and
  • in at least one other conspicuous point within the area. 

The signs are required to have letters of no less than 1 inch in height and include the international “No Smoking” symbol, which consists of a pictorial representation of a burning cigarette enclosed in a red circle with a red bar across it.

For questions, please contact the Oxnard City Attorney’s Office at (805) 385-7483. Read the full text of the ordinance at


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