Air quality in Dorset is generally good although there are certain 'hotspots' where standards fail to meet national air quality objectives. As part of our statutory duties, we as Dorset Council undertake a regular programme to monitor and review air quality in our areas. We are required to submit Annual Status Reports to the government. Historic reports (prior to 2020) can be found below for each area. 

Air quality reports in Dorset areas

The reports contain the results of any air quality monitoring carried out with information on what we're doing to improve air quality in your area:

Read the air quality report for Christchurch.

In 2020 the former local authority areas were amalgamated into one report.

You can request Dorset Air Quality Annual Status Reports for 2020 and 2021 from our business support team at

Air Quality Management Areas

Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) have to be declared in areas where these government standards are not being met. AQMAs have been declared in the following locations due to high levels of the pollutant nitrogen dioxide:

Further information

The Defra website provides daily air quality information for Dorset including the effects of air pollution.

Use of open fires and wood burning stoves

Domestic burning of solid fuels such as the use of wood burning stoves is on the increase with this method now being the single largest source of particulate matter emissions in the UK.

While it's recognised that many households are using open fires and stoves to heat their homes, we want to encourage people to shift from burning the more polluting fuels such as house coal and wet wood towards the less polluting fuels such as low sulphur smokeless fuels and dry woods. See this practical guide for further information. 

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