COQUITLAM, BC, July 16, 2020 – As the nicer weather returns, Coquitlam is reminding all local park users—don’t let our parks go up in smoke. Individuals caught smoking in Coquitlam parks during summer months will face a $500 fine.
Not only is smoking, including e-cigarettes and cannabis, banned in City parks, but the fine—normally $150—increases to $500 during summer months due to heightened fire risk.
The City’s Smoking Control Bylaw No. 3037, 1996 states that no one is allowed to smoke in any of the City’s parks at any time.
Littering of cigarette butts on the ground or out of a vehicle window can also result in a fine of $150.
City Steps Up Enforcement During Summer Months
Coquitlam Bylaw Enforcement Officers increase their patrols of parks during summer months and offenders will be ticketed.
All residents and park visitors should take precautions against accidental fires and be alert to signs of fire. Report any signs of smoke or fire by calling 9-1-1 immediately.
To report a bylaw complaint, such as someone smoking in a park, please call Bylaw Enforcement at 604-927-7387 or 604-927-3085 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If after hours, please leave a message or email.
For more information about Coquitlam’s Smoking Control Bylaw, visit www.coquitlam.ca/bylawenforcement.
Summer fire safety information and fire-risk rating can be found at www.coquitlam.ca/firesafety.