Smoke-free Multi-Unit Housing

Smoke-free Multi-Unit Housing

Smoke-free Multi-unit Housing PostcardTo protect residents from the dangers of secondhand smoke exposure, Alameda County will prohibit smoking in multi-unit housing as of July 1, 2022. The law applies to multi-unit housing located in the Urban Growth Boundary of the Unincorporated Area of the County, including Ashland, Cherryland, Fairview, Castro Valley, Hayward Acres, and San Lorenzo.

Multi-unit housing means a lot with two or more units, including apartments, townhomes, condominium complexes, senior and assisted living facilities, long-term health care facilities, hotels and motels. As of July 1, 2022, no one is allowed to smoke:

  • Inside their unit;
  • On any balcony, porch, deck or patio;
  • In any indoor or outdoor common area, such as halls, pathways, lobbies, stairwells, mail areas/rooms, community rooms, playgrounds, pools, laundry rooms, and parking lots;
  • On neighboring property, within 25 feet from any doorway, window, opening or vent into a multi-unit residence (except for lots with single-family homes).

The smoke-free law does not apply to a single-family home with an accessory dwelling unit or junior accessory dwelling unit and mobile homes in a mobile home park.

"Smoking" includes cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipes, hookah, electronic smoking devices such as e-cigarettes, and cannabis/marijuana.


Below are some resources about smokefree housing. Check this website for details of upcoming educational meetings. No-smoking signs are available for download from the County.

If you have any questions about the smoke-free requirements, or would like to schedule a presentation about the law for residents or property owners, please contact the Alameda County Tobacco Control Program at or 510-208-5920.


Smoke-free Multi-unit Housing FAQs
For Landlord and Property Managers


people standing together

Smoke-free Multi-unit Housing FAQs 
For Tenants

English | Spanish | Chinese | Vietnamese

no smoking sign

To make a Smoking Complaint

English | Spanish | Chinese | Vietnamese

notice inside envelope

Sample Notice for Landlords

English | Spanish

See if the Law Applies Where You Live

Look up your address on this map

Smoke-free Law Ordinance O-2022-5

Download a printable copy of Ordinance O-2022-5.
free no smoking sign

Free No Smoking Signs


Order Laminated or Metal Signs

Download PDFs of Signs
(Multiple languages available)

Terms of Use  |  Privacy