Air quality

Information on air quality and burning in Smoke Control Areas.

We monitor air pollution levels at 23 locations across East Renfrewshire.

We carry out regular reviews of air quality and identify any areas where pollutant levels might exceed national objectives.

If levels of pollutants are found to exceed the National Air Quality Strategy objectives, we'll develop an action plan for the reduction of emissions.

Smoke Control Areas

Within a Smoke Control Area it's an offence to cause the emission of smoke or burn any 'unauthorised' fuel. This applies to residential properties, as well as commercial/industrial operations.

Any fuel being used in a Smoke Control Area must be specifically authorised for use, unless it is being used in an 'exempt' appliance - that is one which has been proved to be capable of burning fuels without emitting smoke.

Authorised fuels and exempt appliances are specified within Statutory Instruments made by the Government. This includes wood-burning stoves and similar appliances. 

Within East Renfrewshire, Barrhead and Neilston are designated as Smoke Control Areas.

Last modified on 20 January 2023