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Report air quality issues

The best way to report an air quality issue to us is by using our online form. To use the form, you need to be signed in to your My Account. If you don’t have one, you can create a My Account

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If you have an issue with nuisance smells or smoke, the best way to report us is by using our online form. To use the form, you need to be signed in to your My Account. If you don’t have one, you can create a My Account

If you've made a report previously you can check the progress of your report

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Barking and Dagenham is a designated smoke control area under the Clean Air Act. This means that in the borough it is an offence to emit smoke from:

  • a chimney of a building
  • a furnace or any fixed boiler 

Anyone who allows such emissions could be liable for prosecution.

Smoke control areas - GOV.UK

Authorised alternative fuels

Only certain fuels called authorised fuels or smokeless fuels may be used in a smoke control areas. 

Visit the Defra for a list of authorised fuels.

Woodburning stoves and exempt appliances

In a smoke control area you are only allowed to burn non-authorised fuels in an exempt appliance, which minimises smoke emissions.

If you do not have an exempt appliance you can only burn authorised fuels.

Visit Defra for a list of exempt appliances and the associated fuels

Terms such as 'clean burn', 'clean heat' and 'low emission' appliance give no guarantee that appliances are exempt or suitable for exemption.

Garden bonfires

There are no laws against having a garden bonfire, but there are laws for the nuisance they can cause. 

Garden bonfire rules - GOV.UK.

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We monitor and measure air quality in the borough 365 days a year. The borough’s main source of atmospheric pollutants is road transport. There are also significant industrial sources in the south of the borough and close to its boundaries.

You can get information on air pollution in the borough from UK Air. 

The free airText smart phone app gives forecasts for today and tomorrow of pollution, UV, grass pollen and temperature. Available for iPhones and Android smartphones.

Sign up for free air pollution alerts



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We designated the borough an Air Quality Management Area for NO2 (nitrogen dioxide) and PM10 (particles up to 10 micrometers in size) in 2008.

Our Air Quality Action Plan includes options for reducing levels of air pollution in the borough in order to comply with UK and European health-based air quality standards.

Air quality action plan to December 2004 (PDF, 84.96 KB)

Air quality action plan to June 2004 (PDF, 1.10 MB)

Action plan and progress report to June 2011 (PDF, 466.12 KB)

Air quality progress report 2013 (PDF, 2.37 MB)