On April 8, 2019, the San Carlos City Council adopted ordinances banning smoking in multi-unit housing, the sale of flavored tobacco products within city limits,  and the sale of all tobacco products in pharmacies. 

Report a Violation:

To report a violation of the ordinance or for information about the health impacts of smoking, please contact San Mateo County Health's Tobacco Prevention Program: 

(650) 573-3777
310 Harbor Boulevard
Belmont, CA 94002

Multi-Unit Housing Smoking Ban:

  • The ordinance applies to all multi-family residences with two or more units.
  • Smoking is prohibited in all units, including indoor and outdoor areas.
  • Smoking is allowed in limited, designated areas as outlined in Section 8.03.030 of the ordinance.
  • Smoking, vaping, or otherwise igniting tobacco, cannabis and/or illegal drugs is included in the ban.
  • May 8, 2019 is the effective date of the smoking ban for new multi-unit residences.
  • June 8, 2020 will be the enforcement date of the smoking ban for existing multi-unit residences.
  • Property managers are required to post notice of the City's smoking ban so that tenants are aware of these new regulations.
  • Property managers are required to include lease terms notifying tenants of smoking restrictions in all new and existing lease agreements for multi-unit residences.
  • Each violation of the smoking ban ordinance can lead to a fine of $100-$500.
  • Intimidating, harassing, or retaliating against anyone who seeks compliance with this ordinance, (including intentionally exposing another person to smoke), constitutes a misdemeanor. 

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