Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This


Outdoor Smoking Ordinance Would Ban it on Restaurant Patios & Around Food Trucks

Photo by R'eyes via Flickr
LAist relies on your reader support.
Your tax-deductible gift today powers our reporters and keeps us independent. We rely on you, our reader, not paywalls to stay funded because we believe important news and information should be freely accessible to all.

It's been more than a year since a proposal to ban smoking in outdoor dining areas was brought forth as an idea. Now, the City Attorney's office has written the draft ordinance, which is scheduled to be reviewed tomorrow by a City Council Committee.

The ordinance would "not just cover the typical outdoor dining area, such as a restaurant's or hotel's outdoor patio," explained City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo in a letter to councilmembers. "It also includes outdoor food courts, which may not be controlled by any of the nearby businesses providing food or drink. It also includes such businesses as food kiosks, food carts and mobile food trucks by defining the dining area as within a thirty-foot radius of the business."

However, smoking around bars and clubs and at private events will be allowed under the ordinance. Also, a person briefly passing by will be able to legally smoke. The full text of the law is embedded below: