Smoke-Free and vape-free Policy and Enforcement

From 1 July 2023, the City of Vincent will enforce the smoke and vape-free town centres to ensure the wellbeing of its residents and visitors. The Local Government Property Local Law 2021 prohibits smoking and vaping in designated smoke-free areas within Vincent.

Smoke-Free and Vape-Free Areas

The City of Vincent has identified five smoke-free and vape-free areas:

  • North Perth
  • Mount Hawthorn
  • Leederville
  • William Street
  • Beaufort Street

These areas are clearly signposted, indicating that smoking and vaping are prohibited. Additionally, there are other locations where smoking is not permitted, such as outdoor dining areas, playgrounds, childcare centres, and certain building entrances.

Smoke-free areas maps

Enforcement of Smoke-Free and Vape-Free Areas

Effective from 1 July 2023, the City of Vincent will enforce the smoke-free areas to ensure compliance. The enforcement process follows an education-first approach, prioritising awareness and cooperation.

Education and Awareness

Enforcement officers will inform individuals found smoking or vaping in smoke-free and vape-free areas about the new regulations. They will direct these individuals to either move outside the smoke-free and vape-free boundary or immediately cease smoking or vaping. This initial approach provides an opportunity for compliance without incurring any penalties.

Infringement for Non-Compliance

If someone continues to smoke or vape in a smoke-free and vape-free area despite education and warnings, they may receive an infringement at the discretion of the enforcement officer. It is important to note that the City of Vincent considers enforcement as a last resort.

Exceptions and Support

Exceptions to the enforcement of smoke-free and vape-free areas consider a person's safety, vulnerability, willingness to respond to education, and compliance history. The City of Vincent is actively engaging with services that support street-present individuals and vulnerable groups, ensuring a compassionate approach.

Fines and Penalties

Under the Local Government Property Local Law 2021, it is an offence to smoke or vape in a smoke-free and vape-free area.

The penalty for non-compliance is $100, with a maximum penalty of $200.

Additional Resources

Smoke-Free Areas – Education and Enforcement Policy

Local Government Property Local Law 2021

Smoke-Free FAQ

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