Smoke Control Areas in Brighton

Brighton has five Smoke Control Areas covering much of the Hanover, Lewes Road, Bevendean and the city centre areas. There are no Smoke Control Areas in Hove. A map of the Brighton areas can be viewed at   http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/smoke-control-areas-map.

Open Household Fireplaces

In a Smoke Control Area you can only burn smokeless approved fuels. Note that wood is not an approved fuel in any form (logs, chips and pellets). If you are not in a Smoke Control Area you can burn any fuel as long as you do not create excessive smoke or odour that may cause a nuisance to neighbours.

Stoves and Boilers

In a Smoke Control Area you must only use exempt appliances if you wish to burn wood. These appliances have passed tests to ensure that they can burn fuels very efficiently without emitting too much smoke. Note that an exempt appliance will only be exempt for particular fuels. For example, if the appliance is only exempt for burning wood you must not use it to burn coal. If your stove or boiler is not an exempt appliance you must use an approved smokeless fuel.

Bonfires, Chimineas and BBQs

Chimineas and BBQs are allowed in all areas of the city, including Smoke Control Areas, but please show consideration to your neighbours and do not create excessive smoke or odour.  Bonfires are also allowed as long as you do not burn commercial or household waste.

Outside of Smoke Control Areas

If you are not in a Smoke Control Area you are free to use any heating fuel or appliance, as long as you do not create excessive smoke or odour nuisance for your neighbours. However, please remember that Brighton & Hove is a densely populated city, and air quality can sometimes be poor. You may wish to observe the guidelines of Smoke Control Areas to minimise pollution, even if you do not live in or close to these areas. 

Further Details can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/smoke-control-area-rules

https://smokecontrol.defra.gov.uk/fuels.php