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Cooling tower register

If you control non-domestic premises in Sunderland you must ensure that you notify us 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 us to notify us of any changes to the notification information within one month of the change.

Notification purpose

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. 

Regulations are in place to assist with the control of legionella.

Notify us about cooling towers and evaporative condensers


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