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Air Pollution

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Overview

We will investigate the following complaints:

  • Smoke from bonfires and chimneys at all premises
  • Dust arising from commercial / industrial premises
  • Smoke and dust arising from construction / demolition sites

If you are experiencing any of the above problems please press the 'report a problem: air pollution' button above.

If you are experiencing problems with odours or smells from any type of property, please go to our Odour page.

We do not deal with complaints about smoke from vehicles on the road as this is dealt with by Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA).

Apart from those incidents which can be reported above the larger issue of air quality in Birmingham is also monitored by us. As part of these responsibilities the Environmental Protection Unit produce an annual air quality action plan and issue Environmental Permits to certain companies that have the potential to cause air and other pollution. For further information on environmental permits please see our environmental permit page.

To improve air quality in 1995 Birmingham was designated as a smoke control area. This means that residents are only allowed to burn authorised fuels in an open fireplace or use an exempt appliance with the correct fuel, for further information please see the ‘frequently asked questions’ section below.

Essential Information
  • There is no additional information
Frequently Asked Questions
    • No. All waste must be disposed of using a licensed waste carrier.

    • No, not in Birmingham.

    • We do not encourage residents to have garden bonfires to dispose of their waste. Waste materials should be taken to your local household recycling centre or arrangements made for garden waste to be composted or collected by our Green Recycling Collection Service. There are no laws against having a bonfire, but there are laws for the nuisance they cause which if broken may result in offenders being fined up to £5000.

    • There are no laws against having a bonfire, but there are laws for the nuisance they cause which if broken may result in offenders being fined up to £5000.

    • If you haven't been able to find the information that you need then the link below will take you to a form that you can use to ask us further questions.


      Service Specific Enquiry