Introducing Building regulations Introducing Building regulations


The information contained in this article is aimed at the lay person rather than the professional fire and fireplace installer and is intended for guidance only.  The article offers a brief description of the regulations that apply to chimney, flues and fireplace modifications or installations. The following information is not by any stretch of the imagination intended to be a  definitive guide to the installation of fire, flues and fireplaces and if additional information of a more technical nature is required please refer to 'The Building Regulations 2000 Approved Document J Combustion Appliances and Fuel Storage Systems 2010 Edition' by the link provided  or contact the building control department of your local council.  

Document J was updated on 1st October 2010.  The main changes from previous regulations included the now mandatory fitting of Carbon Monoxide alarms when solid fuel appliances are fitted , new guidance relating to ventilation and that any work altering a chimney such as installing a liner or installing a new chimney is now governed by building regulations and as such needs to be inspected and signed off as complying with the appropriate building regulations. Additional information and advice relating to solid fuel fire, chimneys and flues is available from further articles found on this site from the following links. link the following.


  1. The Myth, the Science and the Solution to Open log Fires

  2. What, National Chimney Week?

  3. The Essentials to Understanding, Fireplace, Chimney and Flue Sizes

  4. Anatomy of a Chimney Stack and Flue

  5. Chimney Height and Draft.

  6. I Don’t know, I’m Fluless. Which Gas Fire, Which Flue?


By far the easiest way to newly install or modify an existing, chimney, flue or fireplace is to commission a HETAS registered installer for solid fuel installations and you are legally bound to use a Gas Safe registered engineer for the installation of any gas appliances who will carry out the work to the required standard and the self certify that the fire, flue and fireplace installation meets the relevant regulations. If you decide to carry out the work yourself or employ a non HETAS registered installer for any solid fuel installations you are legally bound to arrange for the installation to be inspected and verified by your local building inspector.   You will find an outline of the relevant building regulations as they apply to the installation of a new fireplaces, flues and chimneys in the associated links listed under Building Regulations on the Article Index page  


By Phil Cleaver


Article intro build regs knowl logo


We hope you have found this article both informative and enjoyable. If you would like to leave a comment please use the blog boxes below. 

Thank you from

all at


Fields with * are required.