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Smoke control areas

Parts of Copeland are Smoke Control Areas (under the Clean Air Act 1993) which means that smoke must not be emitted from chimneys of dwellings in these areas. The Smoke Control Areas include most of Whitehaven, Millom and Distington.

In these areas it is necessary to use authorised smokeless fuel for heating purposes. This includes gas, electricity, anthracite and various brands of manufactured solid smokeless fuels.

Alternatively, exempt appliances (such as some wood burners and stoves) which are designed to burn fuel without releasing smoke may be used.

Maps are available of our borough's three smoke control areas: