Smoke Control Areas and Furnaces
The majority of Redcar and Cleveland is covered by Smoke Control Orders. It is an offence to emit smoke from a chimney unless you are burning an authorised fuel or using an exempt appliance.
Authorised fuels and exempt appliances
If you live in a smoke control area you can either burn authorised fuels or untreated dry seasoned wood in an exempt appliance. Exempt appliances cover stoves, boilers and some cooking appliances, e.g. pizza ovens. A full list of exempt appliances can be found on the GOV.UK website.
Outdoor ovens, burners and barbeques
Any of the above appliances that release smoke through the chimney of a building, e.g. a summerhouse or shed, can only burn authorised fuel or must be an exempt appliance.
Installation of furnaces
The Clean Air Act 1993 introduced a range of regulations including those which control smoke emissions and the height of chimneys.
Before installing a furnace or chimney you must notify the local authority as the furnace must be capable of operating continuously without emitting smoke when using the fuels for which it is designed.
You must complete and submit a chimney height application form. A copy of the form is provided below or alternatively you can contact the Environmental Protection Team using the details below.
The application must contain the required information, including a stack height calculation that takes into consideration any pollutants cause by the furnace or boiler.
What we will do
We will consider any application for approval and give a written decision within 28 days of receipt. If we have not contacted you within 14 days of submission please contact us.