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Tobacco control

  • Tobacco Register NI

    Under the Tobacco Retailers Act (Northern Ireland) 2014, anyone running a tobacco business in Northern Ireland must register with Belfast City Council. The register is a list of businesses that are accessible by the public and sell tobacco.

    If a person owns more than one business, each business must be registered at separate business addresses.

    Failure to register is a criminal offence and could be fined up to £500, or face prosecution and be fined up to £5000. This offence can be held on record for five years. 

    The registration process is free and requires you to fill in a form either:

    You can also download and print the form at (link opens in new window) and return it to:

    Tobacco Register NI
    City and Neighbourhoods Services Department
    Belfast City Council
    The Cecil Ward Building
    4-10 Linenhall Street
    BT2 8BP 

    For more information or to speak to a member of our Tobacco Control Team, please call us on 028 9027 0428. 

  • Smoke-Free NI

    Under The Smoking (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 it is against the law to smoke in ‘enclosed’ and ‘substantially enclosed’ workplaces and public places such as bars and offices; the regulations also extends to work vehicles and public transport.

    The legislation was introduced to protect workers and the public from exposure to second-hand smoke and is enforced by our Tobacco Control Officers.

    An Individual can receive a fine of £50 or face prosecution and be fined up to £1000 if they smoke in smoke-free premises or smoke-free vehicles.

    Anyone responsible for smoke-free premises (including vehicles) are required to display no-smoking signs and failure to do so may result in a £200 fine or lead to a prosecution and be fined up to £1000.

    The law also requires those responsible for smoke-free premises (including vehicles) to prevent or stop a person smoking there and failure to comply may lead to a prosecution and a fine of £2,500.

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