At its June 25, 2019 meeting the Ojai City Council adopted an ordinance prohibiting smoking in multi-unit residences. The law goes into effect on July 25, 2019.

The new law comes in response to concerns raised by local members of the public. It follows a statewide trend of cities and counties enacting laws protecting residents of multi-unit housing from second-hand smoke.

The ordinance expands on Ojai’s Municipal Code Section 5-10.03, which prohibits smoking in most public spaces within the City.

The new law includes the following provisions:

  • Smoking is prohibited in all common areas, whether enclosed or unenclosed and the inside of all units of multi-unit residences. Units with separate ventilation systems may be excepted, contingent on inspection and approval by the City Building Official.
  • “Smoking” refers to inhaling and exhaling the smoke of any cigarettes, cigars, weed, plant or other combustible substance. It includes vaping.
  • It requires that every new lease include a provision stating that smoking is prohibited.
  • Landlords must post “no smoking” signs and provide written notice to all unit residents regarding the new law.
  • Fines for violation start at $100 and go up to $500 for repeat violations.

Mayor John F. Johnston said the new law furthers the City’s primary mission of protecting the health and safety of its residents.

“The ordinance does not address all concerns with the health issues involving second-hand smoke,” he said. “It is, however, a good step forward in providing greater protection to those living in apartment complexes with common walls.”

An informational flier with general information regarding the prohibition may be found here.

The full text of the ordinance may be found here, or on the City’s website, at http://ojaicity.org/council-ordinances/.