Question: Whats The Law On Bonfires?

How do I complain about a Neighbour’s bonfire?

If you are experiencing smoke nuisance from a bonfire, you can Report It online.

You can also call us on 020 8489 1335 during office hours, or 020 8489 0000 between 5pm and 2am Thursday to Sunday..

Is it illegal to burn rubbish in your garden UK?

Burning domestic waste You cannot get rid of household waste if it will cause pollution or harm people’s health. This includes burning it. You can get rid of household or garden waste by composting or recycling it. Contact your local council to find out how to dispose of garden waste and about recycling in your area.

What’s the rules on garden fires?

You must make sure that the smoke from your bonfire doesn’t blow across a road and so cause danger to the traffic on it. You don’t burn anything that could cause pollution or harm to public health. That rules out burning anything like plastic, rubber, old engine oil, and anything else that might produce poisonous fumes …

Why should you be careful not to stand too close to a bonfire?

Sudden changes in temperature like sitting too close to a fire can cause massive damage to your veins. Capillaries contract in the cold weather and then expand in the heat. Switching from freezing cold and heating yourself rapidly can cause the capillaries to over stretch and remain enlarged.

Are garden bonfires allowed?

Generally yes. However there are restrictions. You must not cause a nuisance to your neighbours and even then you should restrict the waste you burn to dry (not green) garden waste, clean timber, cardboard or paper. Burning other materials on an open fire may prove toxic, especially plastics, rubber, paint and oils.

What time can you burn rubbish in your garden UK?

What Time Can I Burn Rubbish in My Garden? There are no set times or days for when you are permitted to have a bonfire – you can technically do so whenever you like. However, it’s recommended that you choose a time in the early morning or early evening when your neighbours are less likely to be affected.

How do I report a Neighbour burning rubbish UK?

Call 0800 555 111 or report it online at

Can I burn cardboard?

Cardboard. Small recyclables are often used to start a roaring fire because they usually catch fire quickly. The next time you need to get a fire going, however, don’t use cardboard (including pizza boxes and cereal boxes), which is often treated with chemicals.

How far should a bonfire be from a house?

10 feetFire safety First things first, your fire pit should be at least 10 feet away from any structure or combustible surface. Before lighting an outdoor fire, check the weather forecast. Avoid windy conditions that can blow embers.

When should you not have a bonfire?

As a general guideline, don’t light your bonfire any later than one hour before dusk, and if possible do it in the morning or early evening.

Can you burn wood in your backyard?

Burn only firewood Never burn household garbage, painted or stained wood, plastics, or chemically treated paper in your backyard fire. Not only is this practice illegal, it is also hazardous and dangerous to you, your family and to your neighbors. Yard waste should not be burned either.

Can I burn branches in my backyard?

Backyard burning and unauthorised incineration are prohibited at all times in all council areas in the Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle regions, and in other NSW council areas listed in Schedule 8 of the Clean Air Regulation.

Are bonfires bad for your health?

But open fires rarely reach those temperatures, meaning toxic molecules are released as a gas that can easily find its way into lungs and the environment. As opposed to high-temperature incinerators, bonfires also tend to produce more carbon monoxide, which is harmful when breathed in and can form toxic ozone.

Is there a certain time you can have a bonfire?

What time to light your bonfire: while legally you can do this any time of day or night, it is common courtesy to plan your bonfire in a way that it finishes burning at dusk. Early morning and early evening are the best times for bonfires.

Can Neighbours have bonfires?

Backyard burning and unauthorised incineration are prohibited at all times in all council areas in the Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle regions, and in other NSW council areas listed in Schedule 8 of the Clean Air Regulation.

Can you report someone for having a bonfire?

If you are bothered by a bonfire If this fails, contact your local council’s environmental health department. They must investigate your complaint and can issue a nuisance abatement notice. You can also take private action in the magistrates’ court.

What should you not do at a bonfire?

Other items that shouldn’t be burned on a bonfire include:Wet or treated wood.Flammable liquids like paraffin or petrol.Fireworks.Aerosols or paint tins.Foam-filled furniture.Metal, including nails or staples that may be found in wood.Batteries.Glass.More items…•

What time can you have a bonfire UK?

You can have a bonfire at any time on any day of the week but there are times when it is more courteous to others to do so. Having your fire in the early morning or early evening in a bid to avoid causing a nuisance. Lighting up at midnight might not win your any friends.

Do Garden incinerators smoke?

yes you can. I used to leave it to dry out for a few days before burning it. it burns allot better that way but produces a hell of a lot of smoke. I think it is considered an environmentally neutral way of getting rid of your excess garden waste too.