There is no law in England and Wales that prevent people from having bonfires. But there are circumstances that may occur which may result in the consequence of a bonfire (i.e. material type, smoke and nuisance) which may give rise to specific environmental offences. Smoke from a chimney is not covered in this page please click here.
History and Urban Myths
In the past bonfires were seen as an acceptable alternative way of disposing of garden and other waste, however in more recent times with the advent of recycling, chipping machines and brown bin garden waste collection services there are more socially acceptable and more environmentally friendly ways of disposing of these materials.
There are no permitted times for the lighting of bonfires, despite there being a popular myth suggesting that bonfires are allowed after 7PM. The fact is that bonfires are allowed at any time so long as the smoke from them does not cause nuisance to another person's premises.
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