Where you can and can't smoke

Where you can't smoke in the NT 

Under Northern Territory (NT) law, you can't smoke in any of the following places:

  • any enclosed public place, including pubs, clubs, restaurants and casinos
  • any enclosed workplace
  • in the non-smoking areas of outdoor dining areas at liquor licensed premises
  • any outdoor public event, except where smoking areas are identified
  • non-liquor licensed outdoor dining areas of cafes and restaurants.

Where you can smoke in the NT

You can smoke in all of the following places:

  • in most outdoor areas
  • in the smoking area of an outdoor dining area, including a courtyard, footpath or balcony area
  • two metres away from a doorway and three metres from an air conditioning unit
  • in your own home if it is not being used for commercial childcare, accessed by the public or clients and has no employees
  • in group or shared accommodation you may be able to smoke in your own private room
  • in the designated smokers room on an oil rig.

If someone smokes where they can't

If you are in a non-smoking venue or area and you see someone smoking, you should point out to them the area is non-smoking.

You should tell the owner or manager of the business, who must take steps. They can call the NT Police who can issue an on-the-spot fine.

If someone is smoking in a workplace, work health officers can issue on-the-spot fines.

Last updated: 15 March 2019

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