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Smoking and shisha

  • Business

If you're in charge of business premises or vehicles, you have a legal responsibility to ensure they are smoke-free.

Smoke-free regulations have been in force since 1 July 2007 to protect the public and people at work from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke.

Shisha cafes

Shisha cafes are not exempt from the regulations and must comply like all other workplaces. Further advice can be obtained in the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health's Supplementary guidance for local authority regulatory officers on dealing with non-compliance in shisha bars (PDF).  If you still have questions, contact the Health and Safety team.

If you are thinking about providing smoking shelters or canopies for your employees or customers you will need planning permission. The law requires shelters to have mainly open sides so that smoke is not trapped in an enclosed space. Apply for planning permission to provide a smoking shelter



  • Re Ltd Health and Safety Services
  • North London Business Park (NLBP), Oakleigh Road South, London N11 1NP
  • Tel: 020 8359 7995
  • Email: HealthandSafety@barnet.gov.uk

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