The whole of the city of Stoke-on-Trent is designated a Smoke Contol Area under the Clean Air Act.
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 use an "unauthorised fuel" within a smoke control area unless it is used in an "exempt" appliance.
The current maximum level of fine is £1,000 for each offence.
To check whether your property is within the city boundaries, please follow this link to our ward information.
Authorised fuels include inherently smokeless fuels such as gas, electricity and anthracite together with specified brands of manufactured solid smokeless fuels. These fuels have passed tests to confirm that they are capable of burning in an open fireplace without producing smoke.
Exempt appliances are appliances (ovens, wood burners and stoves) which have passed tests to confirm that they are capable of burning an unauthorised or inherently smoky solid fuel without emitting smoke.
See the link to the Defra website for a list of exempt appliances