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Bonfires are not illegal. However, if a nuisance is being caused by bonfires, then legal action can be taken to eliminate this nuisance. If you are bothered only by occasional bonfires, or a series of bonfires at different sites, this will not be regarded as constituting a nuisance as no individual can be held responsible.
Yes, you can, if a nuisance is being caused. You would have to prove your case in court, so it would be advisable for you to instruct a solicitor.
In addition to sometimes causing a nuisance, bonfires are not good for pollution levels and human health. Other options of disposing of garden rubbish include composting, or taking your waste to a recycling centre.
If you decide to have a bonfire, do take your neighbours into consideration: weather conditions and time of day may influence how much they are affected by your fire:
Even if you are going to have a bonfire, please take the pollution it will cause into consideration. You can check the air quality for your area by ringing 0800 556677.
You must also ensure that your bonfire is not a safety hazard to yourself, your family or your neighbours:
There is no restriction on what time of day you can have a bonfire, but consider the following points: