Any premises using a cooling tower or evaporative condenser within the city boundary must be registered with us.

This register is essential in helping us, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Public Health England (PHE) to quickly trace the possible source of a Legionnaires’ disease cluster or outbreak and to take rapid action to protect the public.

For further information to the law relating to Cooling Towers please read The Notification of Cooling Towers and Evaporative Condensers Regulations 1992.

Who should apply to register

You need to register if your commercial site uses a cooling tower or evaporative condenser.


You do not need to register if your cooling tower or condenser:

  • contains no water that’s exposed to air
  • water supply is not connected
  • electrical supply is not connected


It is free to register.

What you need to provide with your application

If available you should provide a site map of your premises showing the location of the registered cooling towers and/or evaporative condensers.

What happens once you have made an application

We aim to process and acknowledge your registration application(s) within 21 days.

Tacit consent will apply

This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from us within a reasonable period.

How to apply

You can apply online to register cooling towers and evaporative condensers. You can also apply to make changes to your existing registration details.

How to request a copy of the Cooling Tower Public Register

Please contact us if you require a copy of our Cooling Tower Public Register.

How to make an appeal or a complaint

If you wish to make a complaint you should contact us.

Sheffield City Council is a part of the European network for delivering information relating to doing business in the European Economic Area. For full information on the EU Services Directive and Points of Single Contact for other member states, go to the European Commission website.

Contact Health Protection

5th Floor North Howden House 1 Union Street Sheffield S1 2SH