Smoke Control Areas

Seven areas of Selby district have been designated as Smoke Control Areas. This means that all buildings in these areas must only use authorised fuels in any working fireplace unless the fireplace has been exempted.

You can check if your property falls within the Smoke Control Area using these maps.

Authorised Fuels and Exempted Fireplaces

Some fireplaces are exempt from the requirement to burn only authorised fuels. This is because they can burn other types of fuel without producing large amounts of smoke and emissions.

A list of authorised fuels can be downloaded here

A list of exempted appliances can be downloaded here

Further Information

If you live within a Smoke Control Area and would like further information please refer to the official guidance document from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) which can be found below:

DEFRA Guidance

Outdoor Ovens, Burners and Barbecues

You can use outdoor barbecues, chimineas, fireplaces or pizza ovens in a Smoke Control Area.

Any of these appliances that release smoke through a chimney of a building - for example a summerhouse - can only burn authorised fuel or must be exempt.

Garden Bonfires

You are allowed to have garden bonfires in smoke control areas, but there are certain rules you must follow.