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​​​​​​​​​​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 cookin​g appliances, e.g. pizza ovens. A full list of exempt appliances can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Defra have produced a number of information leaflets providing advice in relation to smoke control areas. More information about open fires and wood burning stoves is available on the Defra website​.​

Defra have also produced a useful document that outlines the rules surrounding smoke control areas. Visit the Defra website for more information and the rules relating to smoke control areas


Outdoor ovens, burners and barbeques
You can use outdoor barbeques, chimineas, fireplaces or exempt pizza ovens in smoke control areas, but there are laws governing the nuisance they can cause. Please see the smoke pollution page for more information.

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.

Garden bonfires
You are allowed garden bonfires in smoke control areas but you should consider applying best practice guidance before having a bonfire. 

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 pl​ease contact us.​

Contact information
If you would like further information please contact the Environmental Protection Team by email or call (01642) 774774


Redcar & Cleveland House,
Kirkleatham Street, Redcar,
Yorkshire TS10 1RT

you could call our Customer Services Team on 01642 774774 between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

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