Smoke free legislation Virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces in England are required to be smoke free. A smoke free England ensures a healthier environment, so everyone can socialise, relax, travel, shop and work free from secondhand smoke. The key points of the legislation are: Public transport and work vehicles used by more than one person will also need to be smoke free. No-smoking signs will have to be displayed in all smoke free premises and vehicles. Staff smoking rooms and indoor smoking areas will no longer be allowed, so anyone who wants to smoke will have to go outside. Managers of smoke free premises and vehicles will have legal responsibilities to prevent people from smoking. If you are uncertain where you can or can't smoke, just look for the no-smoking signs or ask someone in charge. What are the penalties for breaking the smoke free law? If you don't comply with the smoke free law, you will be committing a criminal offence. The fixed penalty notices and maximum fine for each offence are: Smoking in smoke free premises or work vehicles: a fixed penalty notice of £50 (reduced to £30 if paid in 15 days) imposed on the person smoking. Or a maximum fine of £200 if prosecuted and convicted by a court. Failure to display no-smoking signs: a fixed penalty notice of £200 (reduced to £150 if paid in 15 days) imposed on whoever manages or occupies the smoke free premises or vehicle. Or a maximum fine of £1000 if prosecuted and convicted by a court. Failing to prevent smoking in a smoke free place: a maximum fine of £2500 imposed on whoever manages or controls the smoke free premises or vehicle if prosecuted and convicted by a court. There is no fixed penalty notice for this offence. What does the legislation mean for me? Find out how the legislation affects you with the following downloads: Guidance for business compliance - a guide to the smoke free law for businesses. How will the new smoke free law affect me - a guide for individuals. Smoke free guidance for people visiting clients in their homes. Smoking shelters - a guide for businesses thinking of putting up a shelter. Are there any exemptions to the legislation? Yes. See our exemptions page for further information. Sources of further information NHS Smokefree website - for help giving up smoking. Smokefree England - for more detailed information on the smokefree regulations. How do I make a complaint? If you would like to make a complaint about non-compliance with the smoke free regulations you can do so using our online form.