There are no laws on when a resident can have a bonfire at their home. However, domestic or commercial fires must not cause a nuisance.
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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 through a Licensed Waste Carrier. In circumstances where this cannot take place, untreated organic waste can only be disposed of on controlled fires to prevent smoke or ash nuisance and 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.
In addition to the above offences it is also an offence under the Clean Air Act 1993 to emit dark or black smoke, subject to a £20,000 fine and a criminal record.
Updated: 3 July 2014