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Can I smoke in my home if I am smoking out a window or on my balcony?
Smoking is prohibited in all multifamily housing units, including any exclusive-use enclosed or unenclosed area, like a private balcony, porch, deck, or patio.
How do I report a violation to the smoking ban?
Contact the City’s Code Enforcement Division (firstname.lastname@example.org or (650) 780-7577) or use myRWC to report a violation. The City will maintain the confidentiality of any complaint. When filing a report, residents will need to include: address of violation, description of concern, reporting party name and contact information.
I am a landlord for an existing multi-family building. What do these regulations mean for me?
A multi-family buildings consists of two or more attached units including duplexes, apartment buildings, condominium complexes, senior and assisted living facilities, and long-term health care facilities. The smoking ban applies to existing multi-family housing in Redwood City as of January 1, 2019. The City recommends that landlords update leases as soon as possible to reflect the new ordinance before it goes into effect.
I live in a multi-family building with an outdoor area. Can I smoke outside?
Smoking is prohibited in all units, including indoor and outdoor areas. Smoking is allowed in limited, designated areas as outlined in Section 15.33 (C) of the ordinance. For the ordinance go here.
Recreational cannabis is now allowed in California. Can I smoke cannabis in my home?
Under the new law, smoking, vaping or otherwise igniting tobacco, cannabis and/or illegal drugs are all banned.
What constitutes a “multi-family building”?
A multi-family buildings consists of two or more attached units including duplexes, apartment buildings, condominium complexes, senior and assisted living facilities, and long-term health care facilities.
When does the smoking ban go into effect?
January 1, 2018 was the effective date of the smoking ban for new buildings. January 1, 2019 will be the effective date of the smoking ban for existing multi-family buildings.
Where can I learn more about Smoke-free Multi Family Housing?