Report smoke or bonfire nuisance

A certain amount of smoke or bonfire nuisance is normal however, contrary to popular belief, there are no laws which dictate that a bonfire or other burning device may only be lit at certain times. In principal, a bonfire may be lit at any time.

Smoke coming from one premises and significantly impacting another, can however be termed a Statutory Nuisance if it causes significant and excessive disturbance at any time.

The laws around Statutory Nuisance are complex but in general if any disturbance from smoke is regular, excessive and intrusive, especially at unsocial hours, and this is not permitted through a licence or consent, we may ultimately be able to intervene, but only in the most serious circumstances. We would then serve a formal notice, seize equipment, or prosecute. However, this investigative process may take weeks or months to complete.

In all cases we will expect you to have tried to resolve the issue yourselves by speaking or writing to the person/business. We will always expect you to complete diary sheets and a statement before we consider the case, to ensure that we have a good understanding of the problem. The case will then be assigned to an Environmental Health Officer to investigate, and to judge whether further and formal action is appropriate. We will ultimately need to make visits to your property on a number of occasions to see the problem for ourselves.

A set of diary sheets and an information pack to record your issues are available to download below. You will need to follow the instructions in the pack and complete the diary sheets for a period of 3 weeks before submitting your complaint using the online form  below.  

If you have already tried to resolve this issue with the person/business and you have completed diary sheets detailing the problem for a period of 3 weeks, please complete the following form and ensure you upload your completed documents: 

Report a smoke or bonfire nuisance online

If you have provided a completed diary sheet pack, and confirmed that you have attempted to resolve the issue with your neighbour directly; we will be in touch within 5 working days.  

If you do not upload the required documents, you will be automatically reminded by email after 3 weeks to do so, and your case will be automatically closed after 6 weeks if we do not hear from you with completed documents.

Last updated: 05 September 2017. Was this information helpful?

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