Advice on bonfires and how to avoid smoke pollution. There is no law against having a bonfire, but there is legislation if it causes a nuisance.
Bonfires and the law
- The law says you can light a bonfire at any time, as long as it doesn't cause a nuisance - there are no specific bylaws against bonfires in this area
- Having a bonfire every day or a large bonfire may cause a nuisance
- It is an offence for smoke from a bonfire to drift onto a public highway as stated in the Highways Acts. If this happens, contact the police
- If a bonfire emits dark smoke - as defined by the Clean Air Act 1993 - then an immediate offence is committed and the Council can take action, including prosecution if necessary.
Bonfires and pollution
- Burning garden waste creates smoke containing air pollutants and particles
- Burning man-made materials can be smelly and could release poisonous chemicals into the air
- Composting garden and kitchen waste is an alternative to bonfires
- If smoke coming from another property is affecting your normal and reasonable use of your property, then it might be a 'Statutory Nuisance'
- Sometimes people are not aware they are causing a problem; try speaking to them first
- If you don't feel comfortable doing this, or if this is not successful, contact us and we may be able to help
- Report a bonfire nuisance here