Burning wood and coal produces dangerous pollution that has a serious effect on our health. Camden is a Smoke Control Area. This means only approved fuels and exempt appliances can be used.

It is an offence to produce smoke from:

  • a building chimney
  • an appliance - unless it is an exempt appliance
  • any fixed boiler 

You could be fined up to £1,000. It is also an offence to use unauthorised fuel,
unless it is used in an exempt appliance.

What can I burn in my fireplace, appliance or stove?

In an open fireplace or a non-approved appliance, you can only burn:

  • anthracite
  • semi-anthracite
  • gas
  • low volatile steam coals and other authorised fuels

Wood, wood chips and wood pellets are non-authorised fuels and can only be burned in appliances approved by the Secretary of State, called exempt appliances.

Installing a wood burning stove

If you plan to install a wood burning stove you should register your appliance: 

Register your wood burning stove

You must include:

  • the address of where the appliance is located
  • the appliance make and model
  • evidence the appliance is certified as ‘exempt’
  • a description of fuel used including moisture content
  • name and address of fuel supplier
  • a plan showing the location of the appliance exhaust flue and nearest building
  • evidence of planning permission if required and compliance with building regulations

Even if your fuel or appliance complies with the smoke control requirements, you’re not exempt from nuisance legislation.