Air quality and pollution

Smoke control areas

Many parts of the UK are smoke control areas. This means you can't emit smoke from a chimney unless you're burning an authorised fuel or using an exempt appliance, such as a boiler or stove.

You may be fined up to £1,000 if you break the rules.

Use the map below to see smoke control areas highlighted in red:

Find out if you're in a smoke control area

What you can burn in smoke control areas

You can burn any fuel on the list of authorised fuels plus any of the following 'smokeless' fuels:

  • anthracite
  • semi-anthracite
  • gas
  • low volatile steam coal

You can use outdoor barbecues, chimineas, fireplaces or pizza ovens. Garden bonfires are allowed but must follow bonfire rules.

Exempt appliances

Unauthorised fuels such as wood can be burned in exempt appliances like boilers, cookers and stoves.