Contact the Smoke Control Areas team

Defra Helpdesk Telephone: 08459 335577 (Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm)

Defra email: correspondence.section@defra.gsi.gov.uk.

Postal Address:
Defra Correspondence Section
Area 4C Ergon House
c/o Nobel House
17 Smith Square
London. SW1P 2AL

If you wish to apply for exemption of an appliance or appliances please fill in the Online Application Form. When applying please upload, email or send full test reports including smoke emission testing written in English (where testing has already been undertaken), the accreditation certificate for the laboratory that undertook the testing, instruction and operating manuals, technical drawings and proposed fuels. If you have a query regarding this process, then please contact us using the contact form to send us a message.

Ricardo-AEA will inform Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Devolved Administrations of your wish to apply for exemption or authorisation. If required the contact details of Defra and the Devolved Administrations are below:


Administration Contact
England Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Atmosphere and Local Environment
Area 5F Ergon House
c/o Nobel House
17 Smith Square
London, SW1P 3JR
Email: air.quality@defra.gsi.gov.uk
Tel: 08459 33 55 77
Scotland Air, Noise and Nuisance Team
The Scottish Government
Air Quality Team
1-G North
Victoria Quay
Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ
Email: air.quality@scotland.gsi.gov.uk
Northern Ireland Air and Environmental Quality Team
Department of the Environment (NI)
Goodwood House
44-58 May Street
Town Parks
Belfast BT1 4NN
Email: aeqteam@doeni.gov.uk
Wales Welsh Government
Radioactivity and Pollution Prevention Branch
cathays Park
Cardiff
CF10 3NQ
Email: RPPMailbox@Wales.Gsi.Gov.UK

The Smoke Control Areas Team can also be contacted at the following address, although please email the team in the first instance for any enquires you may have.

Chris Conolly
Ricardo-AEA
The Gemini Building
Fermi Avenue
Harwell
Didcot
OX11 0QR