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Smoke control areas

Smoke damages our local air quality and is harmful to everyone's health. We use smoke control areas to reduce the amount of harmful smoke that is released from chimneys.

What you can burn

The government website explains what the smoke control rules are, including:

  • what you can burn
  • exempt appliances
  • outdoor fires and ovens
  • bonfires

Walsall's smoke control areas

Most of Walsall Borough falls within a smoke control area. You can see the different areas on our map below. If you're unsure if you're in a smoke control area, you can contact us.

There are a few exceptions, like certain properties and areas near Walsall town centre and Brownhills.

Map of smoke control areas

What to do if you're installing a new or replacement stove

Building regulations apply if you're installing a new or replacement multi-fuel or woodburning stove.

If you have your stove installed by a competent person with self-certification, you don't need to do anything. Most competent installers are HETAS registered. You can find the full list of competent persons on the government's website. They will let us know when they've completed the installation.

If your installer is not registered, you'll need to submit a building regulation application before you start works.

There's further advice available on these websites: