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Smoke control areas

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You can now register complaints or enquires for the Environmental Protection team by visiting our online portal.

What you can burn in smoke control areas

In a smoke control area you can only burn:

  • anthracite
  • semi-anthracite
  • gas
  • low volatile steam coals
  • authorised fuels.

Visit the Defra website for information about authorised fuels

Visit the Defra website for information about authorised appliances

Barbecues and chimineas

You’re allowed barbecues and chimineas, but if your barbecue lets smoke out through a chimney of a building - like a summerhouse - it’s only allowed if it uses gas or electricity.


We do not operate any special restrictions regarding the lighting of garden bonfires, and whilst, parts of the district have been designated as smoke control areas, this does not apply to garden bonfires. 

You’re allowed garden bonfires in smoke control areas, but you need to follow the rules, visit the GOV.UK website to find the rules on garden bonfires.

Exempt appliances that can burn banned fuels

Some boilers, cookers and stoves are allowed to burn banned fuels, which include:

  • wood
  • coal
  • wood chips and pellets.

Last updated: 04/10/2023 09:49

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