The City of Ojai would like share a reminder, at its June 25, 2019 meeting the Ojai City Council adopted an ordinance which prohibits smoking in multi-unit residences. The law went 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 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.
An informational flier with general information regarding the prohibition may be found here.