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Domestic Solid Fuel Appliances - Guidance

It is becoming increasingly popular for domestic households to install alternative heat and power sources into their homes, including solid wood burning stoves, open fires and small scale wood chip and wood pellet appliances. Before installing an appliance for burning solid fuel in your home you should consider the following:

Wood Burning Stove

Nuisance from Smoke

The burning of solid fuel in your home could cause nuisance to your neighbours from any smoke or smell produced. Consideration should be given to where you live, the type of fuel you want to burn and the design and position of flues and chimneys.

It is an offence to cause smoke or odour nuisance under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and enforcement action may be considered if the Council's Environmental Health Officers witness nuisance from a domestic appliance on a regular basis.

Planning Implications 

There may be planning implications regarding the siting and design of your flue or chimney. The Planning Service can be contacted on 01224 523470 or email pi@aberdeencity.gov.uk for further advice.

Air Quality

Burning of solid fuels releases small particulate matter (PM10) that can increase pollution levels and have an impact on health. While air quality in most of Aberdeen is good, there are areas where pollution is raised, particularly in the City Centre and close to major roads such as Anderson Drive/Haudigan roundabout corridor and Wellington Road. An increase in domestic solid fuel burning in these areas may result in increase pollution in areas where air quality is already poor.

If you choose to heat your home with a solid fuel appliance, you must ensure that both the appliance and chimney are correctly installed and safe to use. HETAS is the official body recognised by Government to approve biomass and solid fuel heating appliances, who provide a list of accredited suppliers on their website. Both the appliance and the chimney must be regularly maintained to keep your household safe.

Our Environmental Protection Team can be contacted on 01224 523800 and poll@aberdeencity.gov.uk for advice on domestic solid fuel appliances. Officers will discuss the proposed location and design with you to ensure air quality impacts are effectively controlled and the risk of nuisance to neighbours is minimised. 

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