One of our statutory duties is to undertake period reviews of the air quality in the district.
Annually we produce an assessment that is submitted to Defra as an Annual Status Report. Published reports are available below.
To ensure that air quality within Derbyshire Dales remains of good quality we have a number of roles in controlling air pollution including:
- Issuing permits under the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010 to certain industrial processes that have the potential to cause air pollution
- Periodically assessing and reviewing air quality in the district
- Investigating complaints about issues such as bonfires, smoking chimneys, fumes and odours
Chimney height approval
The Clean Air Act 1993 makes it an offence 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 or
- burn at a rate equivalent to 366.4 kW or more, any liquid or gaseous matter
unless the chimney has been approved by the District Council, and any conditions applied are adhered to. We must consider an application for approval for chimney height for a furnace and give a written decision within 28 days of receipt, unless it is agreed in writing between us and the applicant that a longer period is allowed.
If we fail to deal with the application within this time period, then approval without qualification is given.
To apply for chimney height approval, or to change the height of an existing chimney, in any of the above three categories, please complete this Chimney height approval form and return it to us.