We have powers to deal with smoke nuisance from any bonfire and for dark smoke offences on commercial and industrial premises.
There are no smoke control areas in this district and there are no laws against having bonfires. However it is an offence for the smoke, or the smell of the smoke, to cause a nuisance. Smoke from garden bonfires in a residential area can seriously affect the residential amenity and enjoyment of other premises.
For a bonfire to be a legal nuisance we would consider the following:
- How much smoke is being created and does it affect nearby properties?
- What is being burnt? - the type of material being burned affects how much smoke is being produced/ how noxious the fumes from the smoke are;
- How often do the bonfires occur? A single bonfire is unlikely to be a nuisance even though it may cause annoyance to one or more neighbours.
We operate an emergency out of hours service to provide response to serious or ongoing environmental health related incidents such as noise and smoke complaints. You can contact us out of office hours on 0800 160 1022. A call handler will answer your call and advise you appropriately on what action can be taken. A professional officer can be deployed to an incident if this is appropriate.
If a bonfire gets out of hand and becomes dangerous call 999 and ask for the Fire Service immediately.