The City of Hartsville adopted an ordinance prohibiting smoking in public places and places of employment on July 10, 2012. This page includes the full text of the ordinance, a complaint form and frequently asked questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When does the ordinance go into effect?
A: Enforcement of the ordinance regulating smoking within the City of Hartsville begins Oct. 10, 2012.
Q: What types of businesses are covered under the ordinance?
A: Most businesses within the city will be impacted by the ordinance. The law prohibits smoking in enclosed public spaces and places of employment, including bars, hotels and motels, among others.
Q: Is smoking prohibited in areas close to outdoor no-smoking areas?
A: Smoking is prohibited within 10 feet of an entry to a no-smoking enclosed area, as well as within 5 feet of entrances to buildings from decks, balconies and patios. Those who began smoking before approaching the 10-foot-distance may continue to do so, such as a smoker walking down a sidewalk past a door, but they may not linger inside the 10-foot distance.
Q: Does the ordinance make any exceptions?
A: The ordinance does not apply to private residences, personal vehicles, retail tobacco stores and decks, balconies and patios.
Q: How will the ordinance be enforced?
A: Enforcement will be complaint-based, unless enforcement officials at an establishment for other reasons observe violations. When the city receives a complaint, the City of Hartsville Code Enforcement Office will investigate.
Q: How are complaints filed?
A: You may file a complaint by downloading a Smoking Ordinance Enforcement Complaint Form, available at www.hartsvillesc.gov, or by contacting the City Manager’s office at 339-2867.
Q: How are violations defined?
A: Under the ordinance, a violation occurs when a person smokes in a smoking-prohibited area. A violation also occurs when a person who owns, manages, operates or otherwise controls a public place or a place of employment fails to comply with the ordinance.
Q: What is the penalty for a violation?
A: A person who smokes in an area where smoking is prohibited may receive a civil fine of $10 to $25. The ordinance also covers any person who owns, manages, operates or otherwise controls a public place or place of employment and fails to comply with the provisions of this ordinance. This infraction is also subject to a civil fine of $10 to $25. The business license may be revoked after multiple infractions.
Q: What should I do if a patron smokes in my establishment?
A: The proprietor or other person in charge has primary responsibility for ensuring customers in the establishment comply with the ordinance.
Q: Does my establishment need to post “No Smoking”
A: The ordinance requires businesses to post “No Smoking” signs or the international “No Smoking” symbol at every entrance of a public place or place of employment. The City of Hartsville is providing one sign for every business. For more information, contact
the City Manager’s office at 339-2867.