Smoke pollution

Chimney smoke

There are no smoke control areas in this district.

Using wood and coal for home heating can be a cost effective way of heating your home and providing hot water. However we can investigate complaints about smoke from domestic chimneys. It is possible to reduce environmental and health impacts whilst maximising efficiency, reducing maintenance costs and keeping your chimney in a better condition by undertaking certain measures. More information on the installation of domestic solid heating flues/chimneys can be found at Solid heating flues/chimneys.

Legislation changes for purchasing house coal and wet wood are to be rolled out from 2021 to help cut air pollution.

Chimney height, new furnaces and dust arrestment plant

Unless the height of the chimney has been approved by us and any conditions attached to approval adhered to, it is an offence to cause or knowingly permit a boiler/furnace to be used to:

  • burn pulverised fuel
  • burn at a rate of 45.4 kg or more an hour any other solid matter
  • burn at a rate equivalent to 366.4 kW or more any liquid or gaseous matter

We have written Clean Air Act guidance which provides a notification of proposal form to:

  • install a furnace
  • application for approval grit and dust arrestment plant
  • application for the approval of chimney height

Please note that any new boiler, chimney or arrestment plant may require planning permission. If planning permission is required you should submit a planning application alongside your application.

We have also written guidance on industrial commercial combustion activities which also provides a form asking for detail of the installation. When completed this form should be provided to us.