Smoking in Public Places

County Ordinance

Jefferson County Public Health enforces local ordinance pertaining to where people can smoke.

           Clean Indoor Air Ordinance (PDF) was enacted in Jefferson County in 2006

Report a violation by calling 360-385-9444 or completing attached form and returning to JCPH


History - Initiative 901

 On December 8, 2005 Washington State implemented a comprehensive statewide law prohibiting smoking in all public places and workplaces. View Initiative Measure 901 (PDF).

Smoking in public places, Washington state RCW 70.160: 

Since 2005 RCW 70.16 has protected employees, visitors, patrons and others from second hand smoke by prohibiting smoking in public places and workplaces and requires that smoking occur a minimum reasonable distance of 25 feet from entrances, exits, windows and air intakes to insure that smoke does not enter into buildings.

Owners and persons in charge are responsible for ensuring no employees, clients or patrons are smoking indoors or within 25 feet of any door, exit, window that opens or ventilation intake. Owners must also post “No Smoking Signs” on all entrances to the business. 

Information for businesses:


Report a Clean Air Violation

To report a violation of Jefferson County Clean Indoor Air Regulation Number 2006-04-0216-06 call 360-385-9444 or complete attached form and return to JCPH. 

Department located at:

Jefferson County Environmental Public Health
 615 Sheridan Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368
Monday - Thursday, 9 to 4:30pm

Violation of This Law

A violation of the law includes:

  • Smoking or evidence of smoking inside a public space or workplace, including the presence of smoke, cigarette ashes or cigarette butts.
  • Lack of "No Smoking" signs that are clearly visible at each entrance.
  • No action taken to prevent smoking within 25 feet of entrances, exits, windows that open and ventilation intakes.

901 Variance Application

To request a variance regarding prohibition of smoking within 25 feet of entrances, exits, windows that open, and ventilation intakes, download the Variance Request Application Form (PDF), print and submit to Jefferson County Public Health.

Note: The application for reduction of the 25-foot requirement applies only to the area addressed in the application and not to the entire structure or any other area near or around the facility.