Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Smoke Control Areas

Smoke Control Areas

 

Smoke Control Areas (SCAs) are zones with restrictions on the release of smoke from their chimneys. In SCAs it is not allowed the release of smoke from a chimney, unless:

  • the fuel you burn is anthracite, semi-anthracite, gas, low volatile steam coal, or a fuel from the list of authorised fuels for your nation; or
  • you use an appliance (such as a boiler, cooker or stove) that is exempt, with a fuel approved for that appliance. The exempted appliances and their fuels are listed for each nation.

Except for these cases, in SCAs the emission of any smoke from a chimney, at any time, is an offence. You could be fined up to £1,000 if you break these rules.

Find out if you are in a SCA:

Find out which fuels and exempted appliances you are allowed to use in SCAs in Northern Ireland:

Find out which fuels and exempted appliances you are allowed to use in SCAs in Scotland:

 

In this guideline

Causes and effects of air pollution

Business benefits of improving air quality

What you must do to prevent air pollution

Improve air quality: prevent dark smoke

Boilers and furnaces: environmental authorisations

Boilers and furnaces - chimney height requirements

Burning waste controls

Smoke control areas

Protecting neighbours from air pollution

Measuring and monitoring to reduce air pollution

Air Pollution environmental legislation

 

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