Smoke control areas

Birmingham was designated as a Smoke Control Area in 1995 to improve air quality. As a result of this, residents are only allowed to burn authorised fuels in an open fireplace or an exempt appliance. Burning coal is not permitted in Birmingham.

In September 2017 the Woodsure scheme Ready to Burn was launched. This scheme identifies wood fuels that have been seasoned for up to 2 years so as to contain dry wood which produces fewer harmful emissions. A list of certified wood fuel producers who have achieved Ready to Burn status is available on the Woodsure website. The Ready to Burn scheme is supported by HETAS and DEFRA.

More information about Woodsure or Ready to Burn can be found on the downloadable leaflet.

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