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Smoke Control Areas

The majority of Skipton and parts of South Craven (Sutton, Crosshills) have been designated as Smoke Control Areas since the 1970's; this is to prevent air pollution and the resulting ill health caused by the burning of coal and wood.

Smoke Control Areas

 In smoke control areas you cannot emit smoke from a chimney unless you’re burning an authorised fuel or using ‘exempt appliances’, for example burners or stoves.

You must not buy an unauthorised fuel for use in a smoke control area, unless it is to be used in an exempt appliance.

You can be fined up to £1,000 if you break the rules.


What you can burn in smoke control areas

In a smoke control area you can only burn fuel on the list of authorised fuels, or any of the following ‘smokeless’ fuels, unless you’re using an exempt appliance:

  •  Anthracite
  • semi-anthracite
  • gas
  • low volatile steam coal


A link to the Defra authorised fuel list is


Exempt appliances that can burn unauthorised fuels

Unauthorised fuels, such as wood, can only be burned in exempt appliances such as some boilers, cookers and stoves.

You must only use the types of fuel that the manufacturer says can be used in the appliance.


A link to the Defra authorised appliance list is