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Posted on: June 7, 2018

Notice of Public Hearing: Smoking and Tobacco Regulations

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On June 20, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., the Town Council will hold a public hearing to consider adoption of amendments to the Town’s Smoking and Tobacco regulations, as set forth in Chapter 28 of the Tiburon Municipal Code.  The most significant change is that the prohibition on smoking in apartment units would be extended to all forms of attached housing (condominiums, townhouses, and duplexes), but not to detached single-family dwellings or the lots on which they are located.  Tiburon is apparently the only municipality remaining in Marin County that does not prohibit smoking in all attached housing units.

Below is a summary of the principal changes proposed to the Town’s current smoking and tobacco regulations.  If adopted, the proposed ordinance would:

  • Expand smoking and tobacco product use prohibition to:
    • Multi-unit residences, including condominiums, townhouses, and attached two-family dwellings (i.e., attached duplexes); this includes the inside of individual units, on patios, balconies and decks, and in all common area (excluding only a lawful unenclosed designated smoking area, if one is provided).  This prohibition would go into effect 90 days after adoption of the ordinance.
    • Streets and sidewalks open to the public; and otherwise generally expand the types of unenclosed areas where smoking and tobacco product use are prohibited, including recreational areas open to the general public, such as parks, open spaces, sports fields, marinas, swimming pools, playgrounds, trails, picnic areas, etc., whether publicly- or privately-owned.
  • Establish responsibilities for homeowner associations of common interest complexes (condominiums and townhouses) to establish a smoke-free policy, notify owners and tenants of the policy, post signs concerning the policy, and establish a process for addressing complaints regarding smoking that is similar to that used for other homeowner association rule violations.
  • Prohibit the sale of tobacco products at pharmacies in Tiburon, and require a conditional use permit for the sale of tobacco products by any other vendor or business.
  • Increase fines for violations from $100 to $250 for infractions and expand enforcement options and remedies, both public and private.

The proposed ordinance, and a redline copy of Chapter 28 depicting all of the proposed amendments, are available for review on this page. Questions or comments should be directed to:

Scott Anderson, Director of Community Development
Tiburon Town Hall
1505 Tiburon Boulevard
Tiburon, CA 94920

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