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Bonfire nuisance

Bonfires can be considered a nuisance if it affects people or property. It can cause harm and can be unpleasant if the smoke is dark. Although it is not against the law to have the occasional bonfire, it could be intrusive and dangerous.

When we receive a complaint, we will investigate it to decide if it is a statutory nuisance. It's very important for us that you give the correct address of where the bonfire is coming from. If a statutory nuisance is found during our investigations, we must serve an abatement notice on the source of the problem, requiring the bonfire to be stopped or reduced.

Sometimes we may serve a notice and the bonfire will continue. In these cases, we consider prosecuting the source. Prosecutions for domestic bonfire/smoke are rare. If this happens, you may have to give evidence in court about how the bonfire/smoke affects you.

You can contact the Environmental Health team by calling 0161 474 4181 or emailing

Use our online form to make a bonfire nuisance complaint.

Report a bonfire nuisance

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