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Smoke from house chimneys

Most of Hull is a smoke control area with the exception of a few small areas. It is illegal to emit any smoke from any chimney in a smoke control area.

Find out more about smoke control areas in Hull

Report smoke problems from a house chimney

If you have experienced problems with a neighbour emitting smoke through their chimney in a smoke control area, or have experienced problems with dark smoke, report it to us.

Find out how to report smoke problems from a house chimney

Smoke from chimneys of houses NOT in the smoke control area

Ringelmann chartIf your house is not in a smoke control area then you may emit smoke from your chimney, but it must not be ‘dark smoke’ as this is an offence. Dark smoke is as dark as or darker than shade 2 on the Ringelmann Chart.

There are certain amounts of time allowed for the emission of dark smoke from your house, for when you start your appliance and put more fuel in (charging). For houses, these times are -

  • no more than 10 minutes in total over any eight hour period
  • no more than four minutes continuously
  • no more than two minutes in total over any 30 minute period

You can avoid dark smoke by keeping your flue and chimney clean.

Find out how to keep your chimney and flue clean

Smoke from chimneys of houses IN Hull’s smoke control area

It is illegal to emit any smoke from a house chimney in Hull’s smoke control area.

If you have a decorative heater or cooker in your home that burns wood or coal, it may not have been designed for use in a smoke control area and may emit smoke through your chimney, which is illegal.

There are some heating appliances that have passed tests to allow them to be used in smoke control areas so long as they burn certain fuels in specified ways. These are known as exempt appliances.

Visit the Defra website for a list of exempt appliances (link opens in a new window)

Fuels for use in houses in Hull’s smoke control area

If you want to have a certain type of fireplace heater or cooker that is not an exempt appliance, you must only use fuels that have passed tests to confirm that they are capable of burning in an open fireplace without producing smoke.

These include inherently smokeless fuels such as anthracite and specified brands of manufactured solid smokeless fuels. These are known as authorised fuels. Authorised fuel includes gas oil and electricity.

Visit the Defra website for a list of authorised fuels (link opens in a new window)

It is an offence to burn fuel that is not an authorised fuel (such as wood) in a fireplace heater or cooker that is not an exempt appliance in a smoke control area.


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Environmental Health
Hull City Council
33 Witham
Hull
HU9 1DA

Tel: 01482 300 300
Text phone: 01482 300 349
Fax: 01482 615 504
Email: environmental.health@hullcc.gov.uk

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