Smoke control

Smoke Control Areas

Smoke Control Areas (SCA): permitted appliances and fuels

On 1 November 2012 the boroughs Smoke Control Order came into effect. Failure to comply with the order will be an offence that can attract fines up to £1000 on conviction.

A Smoke Control Area (SCA) is a way to control emissions from domestic chimneys caused by the burning of coal and wood.

All properties within the borough are within a smoke control area.

  • This means that in the borough you are committing an offence if you:allow smoke emissions from the chimney of a building
  • obtain and use solid fuel, other than authorised fuel
  • sell solid fuel, other than authorised fuel, for use in premises located within an SCA

There are some exceptions, for example where:

Your fuel supplier will be able to advise you on the most suitable fuel for your heating/cooking appliance.

Smoke control legislation does not apply to garden bonfires. We do however try to discourage people from having garden bonfires which can cause serious nuisance to neighbouring properties.


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