Smoke Control Areas

Section 18 of the Clean Air Act 1993 enables local authorities to establish Smoke Control Areas within their boundary. Dundee is currently covered by a network of 21 smoke control areas with virtually all of the parts developed within the local authority boundary being within one of these areas.

Smoke control area restrictions relate only to the emission of smoke from the chimney of a building, and do not cover smoke from bonfires, chimneas, or barbeques. Please refer to the ‘Bonfires and other smoke’ section of our website for further information regarding these. Consideration to neighbours should be shown by not creating excessive smoke or odour from these as the nuisance provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 may still apply.

If the local authority has evidence that the occupier of a home (or a business premises) is breaking the conditions of a smoke control area, the first course of action will normally be to ask them to stop.  Failure to comply with the conditions of smoke control areas may lead to prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.


Tel: 01382 433710