Smoke control areas
The majority of the borough is a 'smoke control area' which is meant to reduce smoke pollution. It is illegal in a 'smoke control area' to emit smoke from a chimney. Contact us if you believe that someone is breaking this law or you need advice or information which is not contained below.
What are smoke control areas
Under the Clean Air Act we may declare the whole or part of the district of the authority to be a smoke control area. It is an offence to emit smoke from a chimney of a building, from a furnace or from any fixed boiler if located in a designated smoke control area. It is also an offence to acquire an unauthorised fuel for use within a smoke control area unless it is used in an exempt appliance. The current maximum level of fine is £1,000 for each offence.
We are responsible for enforcing the legislation in smoke control areas.