Smoke Control Stoves

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In order to operate a wood-burning or multi-fuel stove in a smoke control area, the appliance MUST be exempt by an order made under the provisions of Clean Air Act 1993.

These types of wood-burning and multi-fuel stoves have passed stringent tests to assess their suitability for use in a smoke control area and to confirm that they can burn solid fuel or wood without emitting smoke.


The appliances must be installed and maintained correctly and operated in line with the manufacturer’s recommendations.  It is an offence under Section 20 of the Clean Air Act 1993 to allow smoke emissions from the chimney of a non-exempted appliance within a smoke control area.

The current maximum fine is £1,000 for each offence.  Complaints of smoke emissions are investigated by officers from Environmental Services and part of the investigation process is to determine whether solid fuel stoves are exempt appliances and whether the appropriate fuel is being burned.

To be certain if you are or are not located in a smoke control area it is recommended that you contact the Environmental Health or Protection department of your Local Authority.

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