We discourage bonfires as they cause air pollution, upset neighbours and can damage health (particularly of children, older people, and those with breathing and heart conditions).
If you choose to have a bonfire at your home, it is your responsibility to ensure that it does not cause a nuisance to neighbours. The following precautions should be taken:
If you cause a smoke nuisance we can take enforcement action against you. This could lead to a fine of up to £5000 and a criminal record if convicted.
Waste produced on any construction site or unoccupied residential property, should be removed by skip or vehicle by a licensed waste carrier.
If this is not possible, only untreated organic waste can be disposed of on a controlled fire. This must remain supervised at all times.
The Environmental Protection Act 1990 requires that all businesses must dispose of their controlled waste in a way that does not cause environmental pollution or harm to human health. A person who commits an offence by causing a nuisance from ash or smoke, may be liable to a maximum penalty of £20,000 or imprisonment.
It is also an offence under the Clean Air Act 1993 to emit dark or black smoke, which is subject to a £20,000 fine and a criminal record.
Updated: 20 October 2014