In common with other types of combustion appliances, biomass boilers are potentially a source of air pollution. Pollutants associated with biomass combustion include particulate matter (PM10/PM2.5) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. These pollution emissions can have an impact on local air quality and affect human health. It is therefore essential that any new biomass boilers installed in the district meet certain emission control requirements and that numbers are monitored in order to protect local air quality.
In order to approve a planning application associated with a biomass boiler, details must be supplied to the local authority. The operation of a biomass boiler may also require regulation under the Clean Air Act 1993, the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR) or the Waste Incineration Directive (WID), depending on the type of biomass fuel and the size of the boiler.
The Biomass Boiler Information Request form should be completed and submitted to our Environmental Protection Team prior to any installation of a biomass boiler. It can also be used to notify us of existing biomass boilers.