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.

Also see

Public Protection Unit - Air Quality

Eco Depot, Hazel Court, York, YO10 3DS

Telephone: 01904 551525