Can I clean myself?

The answer to that question is both yes and no.
According to LSO, Law (2003:778) on protection against accidents, Chapter 3 § 4, the municipality may, if they wish, allow a property owner to carry out or have sweeping carried out on their own property.

The State Rescue Service's general advice and comments on cleaning (sweeping) and fire safety control say as follows: 
Sweeping on your own property
As follows from ch. 3 Section 4 of the act on protection against accidents, the municipality compliesthe application allows a property owner to perform or have someone else performsweeping on one's own property, if the sweeping can take place from onefire protection point of view reassuring way. A consent can be revoked ifit would appear during a fire safety check or inspection that the soot does nothappened in such a way that the facility is safe from a fire protection point of view.
Common advice6
Examination of the application
When examining the application, the municipality should consider the combustion device'scomplexity, the risk situation, the individual's knowledge and the general onesthe conditions for the task. Examination of the application should includethe conditions for carrying out sweeping of the facility as a whole.The person who is to carry out the sweep should himself demonstrate that he has the necessary knowledge ofsweeping and fire protection are available.When a property owner applies to be allowed to carry out the sweep within it himselfproperty where he himself resides, the municipality should take special account of thatthe property owner normally has some knowledge of the facility's constructionand function as well as a personal interest in the cleaning taking place in a way that gives
good fire safety.
For cases where a property owner applies to have someone else carry out the workthe sweeping, the competence requirements of the executor should not differ from whatapplies to the persons who carry out sweeping on behalf of the municipality.
Competence requirements
As follows from ch. 3 Section 14 of the Act on Protection against Accidents also covers itwho carries out sweeps on behalf of the municipality of the requirements for appropriate competence. The people who carry out sweeping on behalf of the municipality should have passedvocational training for chimney sweeps and acquired sufficient experience
through professional activity in the area.

Chimney sweep engineer Fredrik Rask comments:
"Should" in the last sentence above should be read as "shall"; if
the person concerned has not undergone vocational training for chimney sweeps at SRV school, the person concerned must have some other equivalent training, for example foreign chimney sweep training.

Formulation of decisions
Decisions on consent should contain information on:
− property designation
− which sweeping object is intended
− applicable sweep deadline
− who has been given permission to carry out the sweep
− how sweepings carried out must be documented and controlled
− period of validity
− conditions for withdrawal of consent. 

Fredrik Rask comments:
Fredrik Rask In short, it can be said that the municipalities handle this in different ways. In some municipalities there are requirements for formal competence, for example a course through SBF.
In some municipalities, there are even practical tests to check that the applicant has the physical conditions to cope with the sweeping work. Some municipalities have requirements for professional equipment and others do not.

Question: can the municipality refuse to clean my own house?
The municipality can refuse you, and in that case you can appeal the municipality's decision to the county administrative board.

Please note that there is a difference between sweeping and fire protection control! Can you check the fire safety of your own tiled stove yourself? Read more here!

More information about what applies to cleaning yourself can be found on the Swedish Rescue Agency's website.

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