It is an offence to cause or permit the emission of dark smoke from industrial or trade premises
The control of chimney heights enables councils to take into account a number of relevant factors in determining the height of a chimney. Unless the height of the chimney has been approved by the council and any conditions attached to approval adhered to, it is an offence to cause to cause or knowingly permit a 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.
An application for chimney height approval must contain adequate information to enable the necessary calculations to be carried out.
We must consider an application for approval for chimney height for a furnace and give a written decision within 28 days, unless it is agreed in writing between us and the applicant more time is needed. If we don’t deal with the application within this time, approval is automatically given.