(KMOV.com) -- St. Charles is urging business owners to begin displaying their smoking signs in response to a new ordinance taking effect in two weeks.
The ordinance states restaurants, businesses and all public places have to put a sign up saying whether or not smoking is allowed on the premises.
Officials say they don’t know of any other city that has this type of ordinance.
“I think the city council felt it was an alternative to flat banning smoking or saying smoking’s allowed anywhere,” said Community Development Director Bruce Evans. “The purpose is to let people know before they go into an establishment if smoking is allowed or not.”
The signs have to be near the entrance-ways and lettering has to be at least an inch tall.
The exact wording is up to the business.
There will be a grace period for enforcement but if owners don’t comply a judge can impose a fine up to $500 per day.