Smoke control areas: permitted appliances and fuels
On 1 November 2012 the borough's 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:
- The fuel being used is authorised by the SCA (Authorised Fuels) Regulations
- The fuel is being burnt on an appliance exempted by a SCA (Exempted Fireplace) Order (LINK to permitted appliances)
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.