Report smoke or bonfire nuisance

Householders are allowed to have a bonfire as long as it does not cause an unreasonable nuisance to others. Where an unreasonable nuisance is being caused however you should follow the procedure shown below and where necessary, report the problem to us.

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Process to deal with the problem

Contrary to common belief, there is no law against lighting fires before or after any particular time. Whether a bonfire is judged to be a statutory nuisance is the extent to which it is causing an unreasonable nuisance to others. Further information is available in the following leaflet:

In almost all cases we will need you to complete Smoke and Bonfires Diary Sheets (PDF) for a period of at least 3 weeks to support your complaint.

All incoming complaints are screened and, following a report, we will contact you within 5 days, or sooner if we judge your complaint to be particularly serious or a danger to public health.

Last updated: 14 January 2016. Was this information helpful?

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