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Pollution has an impact on us all. Every household in the country puts pressure on our natural resources and the environment through using energy, water and generating waste. While the government is committed to improving the quality of our environment, we can all make a difference.

This section contains information and advice on various forms of pollution and pollution control.

Black Country Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) Strategy

The Black Country ULEV Strategy outlined the route to a zero emission road fleet in expectation of a 2035 ban on petrol and diesel vehicles, and in support of the West Midlands Combined Authority’s #WM2041 net-zero target.

Targets for numbers of charge points were updated in 2021 following the government’s announcement on the ban on sales of petrol and diesel vehicles in 2030.

Hazardous Substances and Pollution Control

Every year exposure to hazardous substances at work affects the health of many thousands of people. 

Air Quality

All of the borough is within a smoke control area therefore all combustion appliances must burn smokeless fuel or the appliance must be approved to burn other fuels within a smoke control area.

The most recent Air Quality monitoring results from Dudley may be viewed on the joint West Midlands Air Quality website.

Daily Air Quality Report

As part of its duty to monitor the quality of the air in Dudley Metropolitan Borough, the council continuously monitors, and records as 15 minute averages, the levels of a range of common pollutants at its automatic monitoring stations, to produce a Daily Air Quality Report

Noise disturbance

Excessive noise can make life a misery. Noisy neighbours, noise from industry or construction sites and barking dogs are just some of the problems that can be experienced.

Water quality

We are involved in protecting water quality in Dudley. As well as sampling the public water supply from time to time, we are responsible for identifying and checking private water supplies. Where quality standards fall below those required, we work with the water providers to minimise risks to health.


Asbestos may be found within the home or within the workplace. Asbestos-related disease can be caused by breathing air containing asbestos dust. It is responsible for the highest number of work-related deaths.

Environmental permits

Our role in the regime is to issue permits which set controls and emission standards to minimise pollution from certain industrial activities.

A2 Activities

We undertake the inspection and regulation of all Part A2 Activities within the Borough. In Dudley these activities include large foundries and brick manufacturers. The Part A2 activities regime is known as Local Authority Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (LA-IPPC).

Part B Activities

Part B activities are those that have less potential to cause pollution and include activities such as vehicle re-spraying, furniture manufacture and unloading of petrol. The Part B activities regime is known as Local Authority Pollution Prevention and Control (LAPPC).

Contaminated Land

View information and advice on contaminated land.

Industrial pollution

By law Local Authorities are required to regulate certain types of industries to reduce pollution and in particular improve air quality. 

Prosecution register

A public Prosecutions Register is maintained detailing details of prosecutions and formal cautions issued in the last three years, in accordance with the Environment and Safety Information Act 1988.

Abatement and penalty notice

An abatement notice can be served by the local authority if they are satisfied that a statutory nuisance exists, has occurred or is likely to recur.

Complaints and Advice

We will investigate issues affecting Dudley Borough residents. If you live out of the borough, you will need to complain to your local Council. If you are unsure of your local Council please use the Gov website.

Please use our online forms to request advice or make a complaint.

Please use our General Advice and Complaints form for any of the issues listed below:

  • Asbestos
  • Contaminated land
  • Environmental permits
  • Environmental planning enquiries
  • Other nuisances / hazards from commercial and industrial premises
  • Environmental Safety and Health, 3-5 St James's Road, Dudley, DY1 1HZ

    Telephone 0300 555 2345

  • Monday to Friday, 08.45 - 17:00, Offices closed at weekends and Bank Holidays