Smoke Control areas

About smoke control

The Clean Air Act 1993, allowed Councils to establish Smoke Control Areas to improve air quality. A Smoke Control Area (SCA) is an area set by the Council where smoke is not allowed to escape from domestic chimneys. If you allow smoke to escape from your chimney in an SCA, you could be prosecuted.

To avoid prosecution you should use one of the authorised solid smokeless fuels on your solid fuel fire or change to gas, electricity or oil. Some woodstoves have also been authorised for use in SCAs.

The Council has details of the streets in all the Smoke Control Areas in Northampton.  It is an offence to emit smoke in a Smoke Control Area, and those people who continue to flout this law could be taken to court and fined up to £1,000. Smoke Control Areas do not relate to garden or allotment bonfires.

Where are the smoke control areas?

A significant proportion of the town is a Smoke Control Area.  If you want to find out if you live in a Smoke Control Area you can use our mapping system

  • Search by address on the site. 
  • Click on Environmental Health and then
  • Tick the box for Smoke Control Zones. 

The maps show those areas that are within smoke control areas as shaded and those outside are displayed in the standard mapping format.

Further information on smoke control areas

Heating Equipment Testing and Approval Scheme Ltd (HETAS)

Solid Fuel Association

UK Smoke Control Areas