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.

Chimney Height

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

Application for chimney height approval

An application for chimney height approval must contain adequate information to enable the necessary calculations to be carried out. Please note that any new boiler may require planning permission and you should submit a planning application alongside your application for chimney height.

We aim to give you a decision within 28 days of seeing your application.