Bonfires and burning outdoors

A bonfire can be an appropriate way to get rid of wood or garden waste that is not able to be composted. However, if you are burning a bonfire you should take steps to avoid annoying your neighbours. It is wise to only burn dry material during suitable weather conditions and keep the fire away from trees, fences and buildings. There are no laws against having a bonfire, but there are laws for the nuisance they can cause.

You can dispose of household or garden waste by composting or recycling it at one of our Recycling Centres.

Complain about a bonfire

If satisfied that a complaint of statutory nuisance is justified, an Abatement/Penalty Notice will be served upon the person responsible, occupier or owner of the premises (as appropriate) requiring that the nuisance be abated.

Failure to comply with an Abatement/Penalty Notice is an offence and legal proceedings may result. If found guilty of an offence of this type then the maximum fine is £5,000 on domestic premises and £20,000 to commercial premises.

Report a bonfire problem online
Pollution & Public Health Department
Tel: 01443 425001
Fax: 01443 425301

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