Manchester City Council

Health & wellbeing Smoking Shisha

Shisha and the law for bar-owners

The law classes shisha smoking the same as cigarette smoking.

It is illegal to smoke shisha in an enclosed public space, or a space that's mostly-enclosed.

To smoke in any public premises with a roof, at least half the wall space must be open.

If people are smoking shisha in your premises YOU are committing a criminal offence.

Bar owners and managers face fines of:

  • up to £2,500 for allowing smoking in a smoke-free place
  • up to £1,000 for not displaying a no-smoking sign.

If you want to make structural changes to your premises to allow legal shisha smoking refer to our planning and building control sections.

You can report a smokefree problem.

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