Bonfires and smoke

Outdoor burning can be dangerous and the smoke may even be an offence under the Clean Air Act.

Report a bonfire

Call 999 if you see a fire that is unattended or looks dangerous.

Let us know if smoke from a bonfire or other outdoor burning is bothering you:

  • Call 030 33 33 3000

You will need to provide:

  • your name, address and a contact telephone number
  • the address you're complaining about and the type of nuisance
  • when (and for how long) the problem normally occurs
  • the way the nuisance affects you

You'll hear from us within 14 days. We may need visit the premises with the bonfire or send a letter.

Guidelines for bonfires and burning outdoors

There are no bylaws covering domestic bonfires but there are guidelines to bear in mind:

It is also very important to be safe when making a bonfire at home:

There is guidance available if you're making a bonfire for a public event or firework display:

Page last updated: 03/01/2020
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