What is a Smokeless Zone or Smoke Control Area
The Clean Air Acts of 1956 and 1968 were introduced to deal with the smogs of the 1950s and 1960s. These Acts, together with other clean air legislation, were consolidated by the Clean Air Act 1993 which provide the current legislative controls for local authorities to control emissions of smoke.
Local authorities 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 if located in a smoke control area. Smoke control areas have been introduced in many areas of the UK.
Your local authority is responsible for enforcing the legislation in smoke control areas and you can contact them for details of any smoke control areas in their area. They should also have details of the fuels and appliances which may be used.
Location of smoke control areas in the UK
Authorised fuels are fuels which are authorised under the Clean Air Act and include inherently smokeless fuels such as 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.
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