Parts of Grantham and Stamford are smoke control areas.  If you live in one of these areas, it is an offence to allow smoke from the chimney of a building. Take a look at our smoke control area maps by clicking on the button below.

Smoke control area maps

It is also an offence to acquire "unauthorised fuel" for use within a smoke control area unless it is for use in an "exempt appliance." See further information about authorised fuels on the Defra website >> 

Smoke control legislation does not apply to garden bonfires. We do discourage people from having garden bonfires which can cause serious nuisance to neighbouring properties. In these instances, legal action may be taken.

How we can help

We investigate complaints about both residential and commercial premises. We need the address where the smoke is coming from, the person responsible (if known), how it is affecting you and how often it occurs. If unpleasant smells are coming from commercial premises, these can be investigated as a statutory nuisance in the same way as smoke investigations. Odour pollution includes agricultural land where "muck spreading" is occurring on a regular basis.

How will my complaint be dealt with?

If the smoke originates from a commercial premise and is dark smoke, we can stop it immediately. If the smoke is from a residential property, we will write to the occupant and offer advice. People are sometimes unaware of the problem they are causing. We may ask you to keep a diary about an ongoing issue.

What actions can we take?

If the smoke pollution is a nuisance in law (a "statutory nuisance"), we can serve a notice under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 requiring the smoke pollution to be stopped.

For further information, please submit an enquiry >>