Smoke-Free Outdoor Spaces

Smoking is illegal in or on a range of outdoor areas in Hamilton, including:

  • bar and restaurant patios, whether they are covered or not
  • city-owned recreation centre and arena property
  • city-owned outdoor pools
  • trails such as the Waterfront Trail
  • city-owned leash-free dog parks
  • city-owned skateboard parks
  • at the beach  
  • parks and playgrounds that are city-owned, school board-owned, on workplace property or by hotels; exclusions include those in residential areas such as your back yard
  • publicly-owned (provincial, city, post-secondary institutions) outdoor sporting areas, spectator areas, and public areas within 20 metres of the edge of sporting areas or spectator areas
  • hospital and psychiatric facility grounds, except within a designated smoking area
  • school property


Tobacco enforcement officers inspect bars and restaurants and investigate complaints about these places.  A ticket and fine are given to people or places that do not follow the law.

Report smoking in outdoor areas

If you have questions or you want to report smoking in outdoor areas

To help investigate complaints, provide:

  •    Your name and phone number or email for follow-up
  •    Date and time you saw smoking in outdoor areas
  •    Description of person or people smoking 
  •   The location where you saw people smoking