Apply to get fuel authorised for use in smoke control areas

If you’re a fuel manufacturer, importer or distributor, you can apply to get your fuel authorised so your customers can use it in smoke control areas.

You could be fined up to £1,000 if you sell unauthorised fuel to customers using ‘non-exempt appliances’ in smoke control areas.

When not to apply

You do not need to apply if the fuel is already on the list of authorised fuels or is any of the following ‘smokeless’ fuels:

  • anthracite
  • semi-anthracite
  • gas
  • low volatile steam coal

Unauthorised fuels can be used in some ‘exempt appliances’, for example some stoves, fireplaces and boilers.

Fuels that can be authorised

To be authorised, fuel must:

  • have an average smoke emission of less than 5 grams per hour when tested to the standard (BS3841)
  • contain less than 2% sulphur (by dry weight with a 95% confidence limit)

How to apply

Contact HETAS with the following details about your fuel:

  • what it’s made of
  • how it’s manufactured
  • any testing that’s already been carried out

HETAS will give you feedback about your application and what testing is needed - you may need further testing even if some has already been done.

Product Approvals
Severn House
Unit 5, Newtown Trading Estate
Green Lane
GL20 8HD

After you apply

You’ll be given an estimated timescale - this will vary depending on when you apply.

If your fuel meets the requirements it will be authorised and added to the authorised fuels list.

How much it costs

It costs £950 (excluding VAT) to get a fuel authorised.

You’ll also have to arrange and pay for any testing that’s required.

Help and advice

You can contact HETAS with any technical questions about fuel authorisation and the application process, for example about testing methods.

Contact Defra if you have any general questions about your application.

Telephone: 03459 33 55 77
Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm
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Defra Customer Contact Unit
7th Floor
Seacole Building
2 Marsham Street