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Residential bonfires

We do not recommend that residents have bonfires. Residential bonfires attract many complaints and are a source of air pollution. We recommend that garden waste is composted or taken to a household waste site or placed into your garden waste bin.

However, there are no byelaws preventing bonfires so if you decide to have one, you must not cause a statutory nuisance to neighbours or cause anti-social behaviour. A one off bonfire is unlikely to result in formal action but this may change if they occur on a regular basis.

If you do have a bonfire, we urge you to be extremely careful and follow the recommendations below. This should help prevent any complaints.

Our bonfire recommendations are:

  • Always warn your neighbours in advance
  • Burn during low wind conditions
  • Burn in the evening when windows are closed
  • Burn when washing has been taken in
  • Only burn dry material
  • Burn as far away from your neighbours as possible
  • If a neighbour's house has become engulfed by your smoke, please put out your bonfire immediately.
  • If you are experiencing problems due to smoke from regular bonfires then please visit our Before you report a pollution problem for information on how this problem can be resolved.

    You may also be interested on our Garden Bonfires (pdf) leaflet.

    Contact the Environmental Protection team