Smoke Control Areas
What is a Smoke Control Area?
The Clean Air Act 1993, allowed Councils to establish Smoke Control Areas to improve air quality. A Smoke Control Area (SCA) is an area set by the Council where smoke may not be emitted from domestic chimneys. If you allow smoke to escape from your chimney in an SCA, you could be prosecuted.
You could face a fine of up to £1,000 if you break the rules.
Map of Smoke Control Areas within Corby Borough
The map shows those areas that are within smoke control areas as shaded and those outside are displayed in the standard mapping format.
Where Can I Find More Information About Smoke Control Areas?
To find more specific information regarding Smoke Control Areas, please use the blue buttons below.
DEFRA have released a leaflet explaining the rules surrounding Smoke Control Areas, addressing what can and cannot be burnt and how to properly maintain stoves and chimneys in order to mitigate emissions.
Ready to Burn is an independent website that lists local suppliers of Authorised Smokeless Fuels. The website features many resources, including a Postcode Search and Technical Bulletin. On many Authorised Smokeless Fuels, you can find the Ready to Burn logo.
DEFRA have constructed a comprehensive list of Authorised Smokeless Fuels which can be burned in Smoke Control Areas. This list details the name and the manufacturer of the fuel and also gives further details of its authorisation.
Similar to the previous list, DEFRA have also constructed a list of Exempted Appliances. These are appliances which have been rigorously tested to ensure mininal smoke emissions. For best use, they should be used to manufacturers instructions, cleaned regularly and used with compatible fuels.
Tips for Buying and Burning Fuel
By following these simple steps, you will reduce the harmful health effects that are caused by inhaling smoke; including breathing problems such as asthma attacks.
Look to buy wood that has been dried and contains less than 20% moisture.
Choose smokeless coal/briquettes/ovals rather than ordinary household coal.
If you collect wood to burn, ensure it has not been treated in any way, for example painted or preserved.
If you wish to dry your own wood, cover it well in a dry, ventilated space for at least a year.