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Smoking Ban Regulations and Complaints

The Montgomery County Board of Health Regulation 17-210, is a County law that prohibits smoking in any common area in a multiple-family residential dwelling, defined as any indoor area of a multiple-family residential dwelling which is accessible to the occupants of more than one dwelling, including a hall, lobby, or laundry room. This regulation also prohibits smoking within 25 feet of a playground area, defined as any outdoor area of a multiple-family residential dwelling with playground equipment which is intended to be used by minors, such as a swing set, sandbox, slide, seesaw, or playhouse (see URL 1). An owner or person in control of a common area, including any condominium or homeowner's association, is required to post at least one sign prohibiting smoking in each common area and playground area. Indoor areas open the public also includes 'employee only' areas. Within link below there is a printable no smoking sign, and complaint form. One must complete and submit the form which initiates the complaint process. Complaint form may also be obtained at the Licensure and Regulatory Office, located at 255 Rockville Pike, Suite 100, Rockville, 20850, Monday through Friday, 8 AM - 3 PM. Complete the form, including the location of the violation, sign and mail; fax or email to the office (address above). The form may also be faxed to: 240.777.3088, or emailed to: The law does NOT apply to smoking in a private residence, whether rental or owned. Online users who have additional questions and would like to be contacted by a departmental staff member may submit a request by clicking on the Create Service Request button below. Please complete all of the fields in the Contact Information section then scroll down to the bottom of the page and provide a brief description of the request in the Brief Description field.
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