The Council has a legal responsibility to investigate nuisance
complaints relating to air pollution under the Environmental
Protection Act 1990. This can relate to emissions of smoke
from bonfires, fumes, dust and odour.
For further information on domestic bonfires please follow
The Council has a policy to try and resolve complaints about
emissions from domestic premises by informal means in the first
instance, but where a nuisance is established, a formal abatement
notice would be served on the polluter, requiring them to stop the
nuisance. In extreme cases, where the polluter fails to take heed
of the notice, a prosecution can be taken out in the magistrates'
court. If convicted, an individual can be fined up to a maximum of
£5,000. Where the offence is committed on industrial, trade or
business premises, the maximum fine is £20,000.
In addition certain types of smoke emission from industrial
trade and business premises are controlled under the Clean Air Act
Additional Information is available at the Environmental
Protection UK website (see below).
If you want information on present air quality near where you
live, please visit the Air Quality Archive website (see
The Environment Agency provides useful information about many
different pollution issues near your home at its site, What's
in your Backyard (see below)
General Information on Air Pollution and what it means to your
health can be found at the Department for Environment, Food
& Rural Affairs (see below)
The causes of winter and summer smog are available in
leaflet form at the DETR website (see below).
Residents can contact the Pollution Control Team at the
Environmental Protection Services
South Staffordshire Council
Please contact a member of staff for specific enquiries. The
links below may provide information on general enquiries.
To contact a member of staff by telephone or email, please see
the details below. Alternatively, complete the online Pollution
Control Form (see link below).
There are no associated costs for requesting information or
making a complaint concerning air pollution.
We have adopted a set of standards for the provision of this
service. You can find out more about these service standards by
following the link below.
Pollution Complaint Form
Internal Link: Domestic Bonfires
External Link: Environmental
Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
External Link: Environment Agency -
What's in your Backyard?
External Link: Air Quality
Regulations (England) 2000
Causes of winter and summer smog
Environmental Protection - Air
Telephone: (01902) 696000
Fax: (01902) 696222