Bonfires and smoke

raging bonfire against grey sky and silhouette of trees

There are no laws against having a bonfire, but there are laws for the nuisance they can cause.

Burning domestic waste

You cannot get rid of household waste if it will cause pollution or harm people’s health. This includes burning it. You can get rid of household or garden waste by composting or recycling it. The council provides a range of waste and recycling services.

What to do if you are bothered by a neighbour's bonfire

First of all tell them about it. In many cases one neighbour does not know that they are causing problems for another. If it persits the council can issue an ‘abatement notice’ if a neighbour’s bonfire is causing a nuisance. A bonfire must happen frequently to be considered a nuisance.

Your neighbour can be fined up to £5,000 if they don’t follow the rules of the notice.