Smoke Control Areas

Information on smoke control areas and the Clean Air Act 1993

Are there any smoke control areas in South Oxfordshire?

Yes -  under the Clean Air Act 1993, the council can declare the whole or part of the district as a smoke control area.

The council made an order declaring the Ladygrove area to the North East of Didcot a Smoke Control Area on 01 August 1987.  This order is still in place and remains valid today.

You can download an example of the order and a general map of the smoke control area (shown as green hatching) from the Downloads section of this page. If you would like any further information about the smoke control areas or would like to find out if your property is within the area please contact Environmental Health.

Smoke control area restrictions

It is an offence to emit smoke from a chimney of a building, from a furnace or from any fixed boiler if located in a designated smoke control area. 

It is also an offence to acquire an unauthorised fuel for use within a smoke control area unless it is used in an exempt appliance (exempted from the controls that generally apply in the smoke control area).

What is an authorised fuel?

Authorised fuels have passed tests to show that they can burn in an open fireplace without producing smoke.  They include essentially smokeless fuels such as gas, electricity and anthracite together with specified brands of manufactured solid smokeless fuels. 

For further details on manufactured smokeless solid fuels authorised for use in smoke control areas in England visit the DEFRA website This link will take you to an external website... .

What is an exempt appliance?

An exempt appliance has been tested to ensure it is capable of burning an unauthorised fuel or smoky fuel without emitting smoke.
Details of appliances that are exempt This link will take you to an external website... for use in Smoke Control Areas in England are available.

Last reviewed: 27 - 04 - 2017

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