There are no laws against having a bonfire, but there are laws for the nuisance they can cause. The Environmental Protection Act 1990 legislation states a statutory nuisance includes “smoke, fumes or gases emitted from premises so as to be prejudicial to health or a nuisance”. To be considered a nuisance, a bonfire would have to be a persistent problem, interfering unreasonably with your wellbeing, comfort or enjoyment of your property.
Bonfires can be a quick and convenient way to dispose of unwanted waste however bonfires can also cause many problems including:
IMPORTANT: Any smoke that impedes visibility on a highway needs to be reported to the Police. If a bonfire is out of control or built in a dangerous location, contact the Fire Service immediately.
Bonfires can be a quick and easy way to dispose of unwanted waste however there are other methods available.
Any enquiries/complaints will be responded to by the team within 4 working days, including those made outside office hours. If you are experiencing an extreme situation, please contact the emergency services by dialling 999.
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