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Smoke control areas

Information about smoke from chimneys in domestic properties, and the Smoke Control Areas

Clean Air Acts

Smoke control areas were introduced through the Clean Air Acts primarily in response to widespread burning of coal with measures introduced aimed at reducing air pollution, particularly from domestic burning.

Many local authorities, including this council have since established Smoke Control Areas given the impact of burning on air quality in their areas.

Domestic burning is a major contributor to national emissions of fine particulate matter (PM2.5), which is linked to adverse health outcomes especially on vulnerable persons.

Burning wood and coal

Within the Smoke Control Areas;

  • If burning a ‘controlled’/’unauthorised’ fuel (e.g. wood), an appropriate Defra approved appliance must be used.
  • If using other appliances (i.e. not Defra approved) then either ‘smokeless’ fuels such as anthracite, semi-anthracite, gas or low volatile steam; or approved manufactured solid fuels can be used.

These measures are designed to prevent smoke from being emitted from a chimney.

You could face a fine of up to £300 if smoke is emitted.

You can find out more information, including how to report smoke from a chimney in a Smoke Control Area please see our burning wood and coal page.

You can also download a map of the individual smoke control areas: