Smoking Permitted Area License

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Effective February 10, 2014, anyone maintaining a smoking permitted area within the City of Glendale must apply for and obtain a license to continue maintaining that area or any new areas.

Smoking may not take place unless a permit has been obtained.

If you are considering establishing a Smoking Permitted Area, a license must first be obtained through the Community Development Department. In addition to completing the Licensing Master Application (L-100), applicants must submit a site plan which demonstrates all of the requirements listed in chapters 5.98 and 8.52 of the Glendale Municipal Code (code) are met. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that their proposed smoking permitted area meets all city requirements. Inspections will be conducted to compare the submitted site plan to the conditions at the location.

Licensing Master Application (L-100)

In addition to special requirements different types of areas may have, all site plans must include:

  • Total square footage of the available outdoor area as well as the proposed smoking permitted area.
  • Locations of all windows, doors, air vents,
  • Locations of “Smoking Permitted” signs
  • Locations of ash trays/receptacles
  • Locations and total numbers of chairs, benches, tables, etc.

Below are some quick reference facts pulled from the respective code sections to help identify whether the property qualifies for a smoking permitted area or not.

Restaurants and Eating Establishments – Outdoor Dining Areas

  • If your outdoor, uncovered dining area measures:
    • Less than 2,000 square feet, 25% of the premises' total outdoor seating capacity in the outdoor dining area, may be designated for smoking.
    • 2,000 square feet to less than 5,000 square feet, 50% of the premises' total outdoor seating capacity in the outdoor dining area, may be designated for smoking.
    • 5,000 square feet or more, 66% of the premises' total outdoor seating capacity in the outdoor dining area, may be designated for smoking.
  • Calculations of seating capacity resulting in any fraction or partial number shall be rounded down to the nearest whole number.
  • Smoking tables and seats must be at least fifteen (15) feet away from non-smoking tables and seats.
  • Smoking tables and seats must be at least twenty (20) feet away from all windows or doors which can be opened, all air vents, etc.

Multi-Unit Rental Housing and Residential Condominium Complex

  • Must measure forty (40) square feet or less in total area.
  • Must have a clearly marked perimeter.
  • Must be identified by one (1) or more “Smoking Permitted” signs.
  • Must be located at least twenty (20) feet from:
    • Non-smoking rental units,
    • Indoor common areas,
    • Outdoor areas that children primarily use including but not limited to playgrounds.

Shopping Malls

  • Must measure forty (40) square feet or less in total area.
  • Must be located at least two hundred fifty (250) feet away from anther smoking permitted area on the same property.
  • Must have a clearly marked perimeter.
  • Must be identified by one (1) or more “Smoking Permitted” signs.
  • Must have at least one (1) smokers’ waste receptacle.
  • Must be located at least twenty (20) feet away from:
    • An opening, entrance, or exit to an enclosed area,
    • An access way between a parking lot or structure,
    • Retail areas of the shopping mall.

Vehicle Dealerships

  • Must be located at least twenty (20) feet away from:
    • Indoor showrooms,
    • Indoor or outdoor:
      • Seating, waiting, or reception area,
      • Food or beverage area,
      • Eating area,
      • Vending machine area,
      • Repair or service area,
      • Parts or accessories area,
      • Car rental or loan area,
      • Cashier area,
      • Car was area,
      • Restroom.
    • An opening, entrance, or exit to an enclosed area,
    • Any service lines.
  • Must have at least one (1) smokers’ waste receptacle.

Retail or Wholesale Tobacco Stores

  • Must be an enclosed area with a physical barrier.
  • Must be fifteen (15) percent or less, or two hundred fifty (250) square feet or less, of the interior floor space; whichever is smaller.
  • Must reserve twenty-five (25) percent or more of its interior floor space for displaying tobacco products and paraphernalia for sale.
  • Must comply with the ventilation requirements specified in the California Labor Code Section 6404.5(d)(13)(A) and (B) or any successor agency.
  • Only products purchased onsite may be smoked in the designated area.
  • Must be identified by one (1) or more "Smoking Permitted" signs inside the area.