Many people frequently ask us about the implications of installing solid fuel and wood burning appliances in ‘smoke control areas’.
In brief, the Clean Air Act allows local authorities to declare ‘smoke control areas’ in which emissions of smoke from domestic properties are banned. This act was originally created to prevent the damaging ‘smogs’ that frequently occurred in the 1950’s and 60’s.
Under the Act it is also an offense to emit smoke from a chimney of a building, which is located in a ‘smoke control area’ or to acquire an ‘unauthorised fuel’ for use within a smoke control area unless it is an ‘exempt’ appliance.
It is very encouraging to see that many more appliances have achieved ‘exempt appliance’ status for burning wood.