Building Regulations: Chimneys, Stoves & Fireplaces

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Fitting, altering or replacing an external flue or chimney or installing a new woodburning stove all fall under the Building Regulations, although they are not typically tasks that require planning permission.

As you’d expect, the requirements controlling new chimneys, flues and appliances are safety based and very detailed. When it comes to complying, you have a choice:

Paul Hymers

Paul is a Chartered Building Engineer and has been a building control officer since 1984. He has written eight books on home improvements and building homes, including the Complete Handbook of Home Extensions and Creating an Eco-Friendly Home & Workplace. He provides his insight and knowledge on Building Regulations with Homebuilding & Renovating.