Bonfire or smoke nuisance

Before you have a domestic bonfire, consider the more environmentally friendly ways to dispose of your waste, either in your household collection, by recycling or by taking bulky items to the Nuffield Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Residents are not prohibited from having bonfires at any time of the day as long as they do not cause smoke nuisance – defined by the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

If smoke from a bonfire seriously interferes with your enjoyment of your property, you can report this to us. Smoke could be a nuisance if your house becomes full of smoke, or you cannot sit in your garden because of the smoke.

If you do have a domestic bonfire

If you do decide to have a domestic fire, please remember:

  • to only burn dry material
  • not to burn materials that could result in dark smoke or toxic fumes
  • to warn your neighbours in advance
  • to avoid burning on a day when neighbours are trying to enjoy their gardens or dry washing
  • never leave a fire unattended or leave it to smoulder
  • there are no by laws that permit a bonfire before or after a given time of the day, or day of the week

Report a bonfire or smoke nuisance

Use this service to:

  • report smoke nuisance


You will need:

  • details of the issue
  • the location of the issue

Please do not use this form to report an emergency, these should be reported to the Fire & Rescue Service. If you wish to report a bonfire that is taking place now, please report this on 01202 123123. Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm and 9am to 4.30pm on Fridays. Please call 0800 506050 outside of these hours.

Page last updated: 19 April 2021
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