Your local council can introduce extra controls on emissions if there are air quality problems in your area.
If air quality falls below required standards, local councils will declare an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) and make plans for improvements.
If your business is in an AQMA, you could be affected by:
- road charging
- parking restraints
- increased restrictions on waiting and loading times
- taxes to encourage moving goods by rail
- the review of planning applications by a pollution control team
Smoke Control Areas
Your local council can also declare a Smoke Control Area. This means that you can only use authorised fuels or exempted furnaces or boilers. In such areas, the emission of smoke from a chimney is not allowed, with only a few exceptions.
You could be fined up to £1,000 for each offence.
If you’re a contractor and work at different locations you should check if you’re in a Smoke Control Area.