Smoke control areas
Smoke control areas (SCAs)
Solid fuel burning appliances such as wood and coal fires release particulate matter and other pollutants which can harm air quality. Smoke, Burning and Air Quality are covered in more detail on our Air Quality page.
As a result of this, there is a limit on how much smoke you can release from a chimney. You can only burn authorised fuels in an open fireplace or on an exempt appliances. View more information on smoke control areas on the GOV.UK website.
If you use a log burner or stove at home look out for the government-approved 'Ready To Burn' logo when buying small bags of firewood and solid fuel briquettes. This means it has a low moisture content, so it burns more efficiently with less pollution.
Amendments to Smoke Control Area enforcement under the Environment Act 2021 came into effect on 1st May 2022. The updated rules are available on the UK Government website, rules on Smoke Control Areas.
In England you may have to pay a penalty of up to £300 if your local council decides your chimney releases too much smoke.
You can be fined up to £1,000 if you burn unauthorised fuel without an exempt appliance.
For queries on smoke control please contact us by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.