A flue as part of a biomass heating system

You don't need planning permission to install a stove in your house, but you might need it for the flue. If the stove is part of a biomass heating system, you have permitted development rights depending on the height of the flue, and its position.

You will not need planning permission for a flue as part of a biomass system if the following conditions are met:

  • the flue is located on the dwelling house, or on a building containing a flat
  • the flue protrudes by 1m or less above the highest part of the roof (excluding any chimney) on which it is attached
  • where the building is located within a conservation area, the equipment is not on the principal elevation of your house or flat.
  • Your house is not within an Air Quality Management Area.

If your house is within an Air Quality Management Area, you will need planning permission for a flue of any size. The council has defined two Air Quality Management Areas; one covers central Broxburn and the other covers the whole of Linlithgow. Please note that if the stove is not part of a biomass heating system or combined heat and power system, but is simply a stand-alone wood burning stove, other permitted development rights apply.

If you are thinking of installing a stove please think about the position of the flue relative to your neighbours, even if it doesn't need planning permission. The smoke which your flue emits can be annoying for a neighbour, particularly if it is close to one of their windows or their rear garden. As a general rule you should locate your flue as far as possible from any neighbouring properties. Officers in the council's Environmental Health service would be happy to advise on this.