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Home owners: Chimneys & Flues

Chimneys, flues or soil and vent pipes

Planning permission is not required provided that:
1. The height of the chimney, flue or soil and vent pipe is not more than 1 metre above the highest part of the roof.
2. If you live in a house within a conservation area, World Heritage Site, area of outstanding natural beauty or National Park the chimney, flue or soil and vent pipe is not installed on the principal or side elevation of the house which faces a road.

A flue for a biomass or combined heat and power heating system

Planning permission is not required provided that:
1. The height of the flue is no more than 1 metre higher than the highest part of the roof.
2. If you live in a house within a conservation area or World Heritage Site the flue is not on a wall or roof slope forming the principal or side elevation which is visible from a road.
If you live in a house which is a listed building, it is likely that you will need Listed Building Consent for any building operations. If the development is within the curtilage of a listed building you may need to submit a planning application for the work unless listed building consent has already been granted. Your local planning office will be able to advise you.
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