Smoke-control areas

Stoke-on-Trent is a smoke-control area by law. 

Authorised fuels include:

  • gas
  • electricity
  • anthracite
  • specified brands of manufactured solid smokeless fuels

Exempt appliances are ovens, wood burners and stoves which have passed tests to prove they can burn an unauthorised or smoky solid fuel without emitting smoke. 

Burning coal, logs or wood on an open fire is likely to cause smoke from the chimney. You must only use an approved smokeless fuel. 

Check whether you need planning permission if you are fitting, altering or replacing an external flue, chimney, or soil and vent pipe.