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Kenton County's Smoke-Free Law: Exemptions

Frequently asked questions
Apply for an exemption

Frequently asked questions
What businesses are exempted from the law?
Private clubs are exempt from the ordinance if they meet all of the following requirements:

Drinking establishments are exempt from the ordinance if they meet the following requirements:

  1. No one under 18 is admitted or employed at the establishment and it is licensed to operate under KRS Chapter 241 to 244 OR
  2. After 4 p.m., no one under 18 is admitted or employed at the establishment and it is licensed to operate under KRS Chapter 241 to 244, and prior to 4 p.m. it is smoke-free and meets all ordinance requirements. (split-shift operation) OR
  3. It is an enclosed area within an establishment that:
  • Is licensed under KRS Chapter 241 to 244
  • Is a physically connected or directly adjacent enclosed area which is separate from the rest of the establishment
  • Has a separate air system
  • Has a separate entrance
  • Denies access to any person under the age of 18 and does not employ anyone under the age of 18

How does a business qualify for exempted status?
Establishments that believe they meet the requirements for exemption are to complete and submit the related documents to the Health Department.

What items must be submitted to the Northern Kentucky Health Department:
Private clubs

Drinking establishments

List of establishments with exemptions