Smoke Control Areas

In accordance with the Clean Air Act 1993 the whole of the borough is designated as a smoke control area. You will be committing an offence if you emit smoke from a chimney of a building, from a furnace or from any fixed boiler, unless you are burning an authorised fuel and/or using an exempt appliance.

Preventing chimney smoke

There are two ways to prevent smoke being emitted from a chimney, you must either use:

  1. An authorised fuel: this is a fuel approved by DEFRA under the SCA (Authorised Fuel) Regulations. These fuels have passed tests to confirm that they are capable of burning in an open fireplace without producing smoke,
  2. Exempt appliances: burning fuel on a fireplace exempted by the SCA (Exempt Fireplace) Regulations. These have passed tests approved by DEFRA to confirm that they are capable of burning an unauthorised or inherently smoky solid fuel without emitting smoke.

For further consumer advice on solid fuel burning, contact the Solid Fuel Association

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Updated: 10 November 2015