Smoke and air pollution

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During this difficult and unprecedented situation most of our residents are staying home in line with government advice. Sitting in the garden is often the only fresh air that many of our vulnerable residents are able to have. We therefore ask that during this time you Be kind and Be considerate to your neighbours and the environment.

To report smoke and fumes from bonfires and chimneys login or register for MyAccount and select 'Add report'.

If your complaint involves industrial premises, see our pollution section.


You can have a bonfire or use a chiminea in a smoke control area at private, residential properties as long as the smoke fumes do not affect highways or people living or working close by.

Chimney smoke

There are various smoke control areas across the borough to reduce smoke pollution. It is an offence to allow smoke to escape from chimneys in smoke control areas and the person(s) responsible can be prosecuted and receive a fine of up to £1000.

Smoke from industrial premises

We are responsible for regulating air pollution and the overall environmental impact of specified industrial premises.

We are required to take reasonable steps to investigate and, if appropriate, take formal action to address forms of air pollution.

Officers will investigate the circumstances of the case and how the air pollution affects you. It may be necessary to visit you and the pollution source to assess whether air pollution nuisance exists.


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