Pollution control - chimney height approval
The Clean Air Act, 1993 details regulations such as those which control smoke emissions and the height of chimneys. The local authority is responsible for ensuring compliance with the requirements of the Act.
How to apply
There is no charge for this service. You need to complete and submit a standard application form to the Environmental Protection Team. As this is a specialised matter, you are advised to contact the team before completing the application form.
- Please see the further information section below to see whether you need to apply;
- If you do, you are advised to contact us at an early stage before applying;
- Request a form to be posted to you, which is to be completed and sent back to us at the address provided at the bottom of the page;
- Once we have received your application, an officer will arrange to visit the premises to discuss the application;
- The application will then be determined and either approved or refused, and you will be informed of the outcome.
Chimney Height Approval
The Clean Air Act 1993 introduced a range of regulations to control smoke emissions and the height of chimneys.
Under Section 14 of the Act, the height of a chimney has to be approved by the Local Authority. The Local Authority can attach conditions to the approval. Without an approval, it is an offence to cause or knowingly permit a furnace to be used to:
- Burn pulverised fuel,
- Burn at a rate of 45.4kg or more an hour any solid matter, or
- Burn at a rate equivalent to 366.4kW or more any liquid or gaseous matter.
An application for chimney height approval must contain adequate information to enable the necessary calculations to be carried out.
An application for approval for a chimney must be considered within 28 days of receipt, unless a longer time period had been agreed between the applicant and the Council.
Planning permission will usually be required for a chimney and associated plant.
Control of Dirt and Grit from Furnaces
The Clean Air Act 1993 in addition to chimney height approval requires, subject to certain exemptions, that furnaces with a heating capacity greater that 16.12 kilowatts are to be provided with plant for arresting grit and dust as approved by the authority.
|Officer / Team||Environmental Protection Team|
|Postal address||Blaby District Council
|Telephone||0116 272 7555|
|Fax||0116 272 7594|
If you need this information in other languages or formats (large print, Braille or audio), please let us know when you contact us.
This page was last updated on 24th June 2009
How do you rate this information / service?