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Cooling tower notification

If you control non-domestic premises in Gateshead you must ensure that you notify Gateshead Council of any cooling tower or evaporative condenser (notifiable devices) on the premises.

Notification must be in writing (including by electronic means). The information required in the notification is directed by the Health and Safety Executive and will be kept on a public register

You must also write to Gateshead Council to notify us of any changes to the notification information within one month of the change.

You can also make a change to your notification (opens new window).

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Eligibility criteria 

The applicant must be the person in control of the premises where the notifiable device is.

Regulation summary 

The Notification of Cooling Towers and Evaporative Condensers Regulations 1992 require that a person in control of non-domestic premises must inform the local authority in writing if they have a notifiable device on the premises. Notifiable devices mean cooling towers and evaporative condensers except when they are not connected to an electricity and water supply and the water within them is not exposed to the open air.

Relevant definitions:

Cooling tower - a device whose main purpose is to cool water by direct contact between that water and a stream of air
Evaporative condenser - a device whose main purpose is to cool a fluid by passing that fluid through a heat exchanger which is itself cooled by contact with water passing through a stream of air (a "heat exchanger" is a device for transferring heat between fluids which are not in direct contact with one another)
Any changes must also be notified.

These regulations are in place to assist with the control of legionella.

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Application evaluation process 

No provision in legislation

Will tacit consent apply? 

Yes. You will be able to act as though your application is granted even if you have not heard by the end of the target completion period. (This is 28 days from the date of submission of all correct and relevant information).

Failed application redress 

Not applicable, registration cannot be refused and there is no charge.

Licence holder redress

Please contact us in the first instance.

Contact us

Health and Safety
Gateshead Council
Civic Centre
Regent Street

0191 433 3917