Borough Council of Wellingborough

Smokefree England

What does smokefree legislation mean in practice?

Employers, owners and managers must take all 'reasonable precautions' to ensure their premises are smokefree.

The statutory 'No smoking sign' must be displayed in a prominent position at every entrance to smokefree premises. It must meet the following minimum requirements:


  • Be a minimum of A5 in area (210 x 148mm)

  • Display the international 'no smoking' symbol in colour of a graphic burning cigarette, enclosed in a red circle with red bar across it, at least 70mm in diameter, and

  • Carries the following words in characters that can be easily read:

"No smoking. It is against the law to smoke in these premises".


On the sign, the words "these premises" may be changed to refer to the particular premises where the sign is displayed, for example "this restaurant", or "this hotel". Additional signs in other languages are encouraged where necessary.


The regulations also set out that a smaller no smoking sign that simply displays the international no smoking symbol in colour, a minimum of 70mm in diameter may be displayed at entrances to smokefree premises that are:


  • only used by members of staff , providing the premises displays at least one A5 area-size sign, or

  • located within other smokefree premises (for example, a shop within an indoor shopping centre).