Air pollution

Air pollution

Air pollution impacts us all. Find out how and why we regulate emissions to air and monitor air quality.


Air quality, pollution and monitoring

How we monitor and assess air pollutants on our road network and in the city centre


Air quality - ways to help reduce air pollution

Some steps you can take to help to reduce air pollution in Newcastle


Bonfires and smoke 

How we deal with open burning and the law on bonfires and dark smoke


Burning stubble or crop residues

The law on burning of cereal or other crop residues on agricultural land


Cable burning

The offences of burning plastic from coated cables


Chimney height approvals  

Under the Clean Air Act 1993 we must approve the chimney height and associated plant of large boilers and furnaces


Dust, steam, smells

How we deal with nuisances caused by odour, dust, fumes or steam


Pollution control, inspection and permitting  

Permits issued under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016


Public register

List of authorisations under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016


Smoke control areas

In a smoke control area you cannot emit smoke from a domestic chimney unless you're burning an authorised fuel or using an 'exempt appliance'


Smoky vehicles

How to report an excessively smoky lorry, bus or taxi exhaust


Vehicle engine idling  

The law on leaving vehicle engines running and how we enforce it



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