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Air handling units

Air Handling Units can be found in both commercial and industrial premises.

Systems that are incorrectly installed or poorly maintained have the potential to cause a statutory nuisance within the local community. For example an extraction and ventilation system in a food premises to remove cooking odours.

We may provide advice to commerce and industry regarding statutory nuisance implications due to such systems and, where the installation requires planning consent, a planning condition may be applied, asking for details of the proposed system.

What can we do

We may assist and advise you during the installation and siting of such systems to minimise statutory nuisance. However, if we receive complaint and establish a business is causing a statutory nuisance; we will endeavour to resolve the matter informally, if this approach fails, we have the legal powers to serve an abatement notice requiring the nuisance to stop.  

What can you do

Your extraction and ventilation system must not cause a noise or odour nuisance in the local community. To minimise the risk of odour nuisance you must ensure your systems are:

  • correctly specified, designed and installed by a competent engineer
  • cleaned and maintained in accordance with the manufacturers recommendations
  • ensure the system meets planning approval if required.
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03000 26 0000
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  • Durham County Council
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
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