The IAQM is committed to enhancing the understanding and development of the science behind air quality by promoting knowledge and understanding of best working practices. Therefore from time-to-time we publish guidance and recommendations to aid members in their work. This page also serves as an archive for older Environmental Protection UK (EPUK) guidance.


Demolition/Construction Site Monitoring Guidance

Air Quality Monitoring in the Vicinity of Demolition and Construction Sites 2018

This draft is now available for consultation, the original 2012 document is available here. Constructing buildings, roads and other infrastructure can have a substantial, temporary impact on local air quality. This document provides updated guidance on air quality monitoring in the vicinity of demolition and construction sites. It should be read and applied in conjunction with the Guidance on the Assessment of the Impacts of Construction on Air Quality and the Determination of their Significance that was published by the IAQM in January 2012.

Odour Guidance

Guidance on the assessment of odour for planning July 2018 (v1.1)

Some guidance on odour assessment is already available from national Government, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and the Environment Agency (EA). However, none of this specifically provides guidance applicable for planning purposes. This IAQM document has been prepared to assist practitioners involved in odour assessment for planning.

Minerals Guidance

Minerals Cover Guidance on the Assessment of Mineral Dust Impacts for Planning 2016 v1.1

This IAQM document has been prepared to assist practitioners undertake dust assessments for mineral sites. It aims to provide advice on robust and consistent good-practice approaches that can be used to assess the operational phase dust impacts. This guidance is designed for use in the planning process; it is not designed for other purposes such as Environmental Permitting.

Planning Guidance

Guidance on land-use planning and development control: Planning for air quality January 2017 (v1.2)

Environmental Protection UK (EPUK) and the Institute of Air Quality Management (IAQM) have produced this guidance, which replaces the 2010 EPUK Guidance document, to ensure that air quality is adequately considered in the land-use planning and development control processes.

Construction Guidance

construction-dust-coverAssessment of dust from demolition and construction 2014

The document provides guidance for developers, their consultants and environmental health practitioners on how to undertake a construction impact assessment (including demolition and earthworks). The impacts of dust depend on the mitigation measures adopted. The emphasis in this document is therefore on classifying the risk of dust impacts from a site, which will then allow appropriate mitigation measures to be identified.

This is a substantial rewrite of previous guidance published in 2012, adopting the lessons learnt from the application of the previous guidance over the past two years.

Significance Guidance (Replaced)

significance coverSignificance in Air Quality, November 2009

Following discussion amongst the membership, the Institute have prepared recommendations for assessing the significance of air quality impacts.

This Guidance was replaced by the Planning Guidance published in 2015 and available above.

EPUK Guidance

chp_guidance_coverCombined Heat and Power and Air Quality Guidance 2012

EPUK and the London Borough of Camden present guidance incorporating feedback on the draft documents released for consultation (Dec 2011). The guidance details procedures for assessing and managing the effects of CHP on air quality – specifically nitrogen dioxide. The document covers England and Wales, although the principals and processes the guidance describes will largely be applicable elsewhere in the UK.

List of accompanying documents:

  • CHP Air Quality Screening Tool – A spreadsheet tool to allow the screening of proposed CHP installations for potential significant AQ impacts. Note that the screening tool uses macros. If your spreadsheet package automatically disable macros, the screening tool will not be fully functional.
  • CHP System Information Request Template – An adaptable template form for local authorities to request details of a proposed CHP installation
  • Template Air Quality Assessment Procedure for Gas – Fired Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Plant – A template process for air quality assessment of CHP plant in the planning system
  • CHP System Inventory Template – A template spreadsheet for logging the details of CHP systems to help assess cumulative impacts

CoverAir Quality and Climate 2011

This document sets out why local authorities need to tackle air quality and climate change and outlines the benefits of an integrated approach. It examines how local authorities can successfully implement integrated policy, and introduce integrated policy into the relevant plans and strategies that guide a local authority’s functions. Finally it examines some common measures that local authorities can promote to reduce emissions of local air pollutants and greenhouse gases. A summary leaflet is also available to download.

CoverBiomass and Air Quality Guidance 2010

The guidance for English and Welsh local authorities provides background material on the issues involved, and details procedures for assessing and managing the effects of biomass on air quality – specifically nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulates (PM10 and PM2.5). A number of tools are also available to help local authorities assess the potential impacts of biomass boilers and keep records of installed boilers.

List of accompanying documents:

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Resources from others

Air Quality in the City Regions: A Transport Toolkit
Aimed at city region authorities, this toolkit provides an accessible overview of the issues and options for tackling air pollution associated with transport.