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Smoke control areas

Smoke control areas

Information on domestic smoke control (fires & log burners)

It is an offence to acquire 'unauthorised fuel' for use within a smoke control area unless it is used in an 'exempt' appliance. It is also an offence to produce smoke from a domestic chimney, furnace or fixed boiler in a smoke control area. The current maximum level of fine is £1,000 for each offence.

Details of fuel types that may be burnt in Scunthorpe

The Smoke Control Areas (Exempted Fireplaces) (England) Order 2015

The urban area of Scunthorpe is covered by the following Smoke Control Orders (SCOs):

Properties outside the urban area of Scunthorpe are not subject to Smoke Control Orders and as such the law covering statutory nuisance under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in relation to smoke, fumes, dust etc. applies. 

For more information please contact us.

Ready to Burn


The use of wood burners and stoves in residential properties is becoming increasingly popular. Smoke from these types of appliances will contribute to poor local air pollution in villages and towns especially in autumn and winter. Burning dry wood rather than wet wood reduces the impact of wood burning upon air quality.

Woodsure has a list of wood fuel producers who sell wood fuel which has a low water content. It is the UK’s only wood fuel quality assurance scheme, and is called the Ready to Burn initiative. It is designed to help homeowners look after their stoves and improve air quality. An explanatory leaflet can be found on the Woodsure website.

Chimney smoke

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Monday to Thursday: 8.30am to 5pm

Friday: 8.30am to 4.30pm

Closed Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays

Last updated: 05/10/2017