Smoke control areas

All of the Bristol area is covered by smoke control orders. These were made to reduce air pollution in the city, mainly arising from the use of coal for heating purposes.

We began our programme of smoke control in the late 1950s. The last smoke control area was made in 1987.

This means that anywhere within the Bristol area, under the Clean Air Act 1993, it is an offence to:

  • emit smoke from a chimney of a building, from a furnace or from any fixed boiler
  • use an “unauthorised fuel” in a smoke control area unless it is used in an “exempt appliance", for example exempted from the controls which generally apply in the smoke control area.

The current maximum level of fine is £1,000 for each offence.

More information

Go to the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs website for information about:

Contact information

Pollution Control

Brunel House

St Georges Road

Bristol, BS1 5UY

Opening Hours


Tel: 0117 922 2500