FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE / KGPE) – Fresno City Council on Thursday passed the “Smoke-Free Apartment Building Ordinance,” a law that would prohibit smoking in most areas of Fresno rental properties with a few exceptions.
The ordinance prohibits smoking in apartments and other apartment buildings within units, in common rooms and other outdoor areas.
Smoking is permitted in private outdoor areas such as balconies, patios, porches or patios if the area is at least 20 feet from publicly accessible outdoor recreational areas, playgrounds or areas primarily used by children, or access to common areas, entrances, windows, ventilation systems or . away is air conditioners.
According to the draft law, landlords and tenants can be held liable for violations of the new regulation and charged with a violation. The penalty for a first violation is $ 250. For a second violation within a year of the first violation, a quote costs $ 500. After the second, each additional violation within a year of the first will cost you $ 1,000.
“This directive is about protecting the health of our community,” said Council Vice-President Esparza.
“Our families deserve to lead healthy lifestyles wherever they live,” said Tyler Maxwell, Fresno City Councilor.
The ordinance is due to come into force on January 1st.