Under the Clean Air Act, certain areas of York have been designated 'Smoke Control' areas.

Check if you live in a Smoke Control area

Enter your address in to check whether your property is in a Smoke Control area:

Further information about Smoke Control areas is available to download.

Authorised and exempted fuels in Smoke Control areas

Within these areas:

  • you're committing an offence if you allow smoke emissions from a chimney, unless you are using authorised fuel or an exempted appliance
  • you must check with your supplier whether any oil or solid-fuel fireplace you're considering installing meets the guidelines for an 'exempted appliance'
  • if an appliance is not exempted, you will only be permitted to burn authorised fuel

Please note that the restrictions within Smoke Control areas do not apply to bonfires.

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