Yes

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 states that there must be a carbon monoxide alarm in a room that ‘contains a solid fuel burning combustion appliance’. The law does not allow for not having a carbon monoxide alarm if the appliance is not used.

Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) guidance is that ‘a non-functioning purely decorative fireplace would not constitute a solid fuel burning combustion appliance‘. This implies that a fireplace that is ‘capable’ of functioning would constitute a solid fuel burning combustion appliance.

Further Reading

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015: Q&A booklet for the private rented sector – landlords and tenants

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