Smoke Control Areas
Under the Clean Air Act local authorities may declare the whole or part of their district 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 ('exempted' from the controls which generally apply in the smoke control area). The current maximum level of fine is £1,000 for each offence.
Authorised fuels include inherently smokeless fuels such as gas, electricity and anthracite together with specified brands of manufactured solid smokeless fuels. These fuels have passed tests to confirm that they are capable of burning in an open fireplace without producing smoke.
Exempt appliances are appliances (ovens, wood burners and stoves) which have passed tests to confirm that they are capable of burning an unauthorised or inherently smoky solid fuel without emitting smoke.
Smoke Control in Newark and Sherwood
This authority has declared parts of the district as Smoke Control Areas. These are in Bilsthorpe, Blidworth, Clipstone, Edwinstowe, Ollerton, Rainworth and Walesby.
Maps of the areas covered are available. Garden bonfires are not included in the smoke control exemption, and therefore bonfires are still permitted in these areas.
If you are in doubt whether your property is within a Smoke Control Area or require further advice, please contact us.