If for example your neighbour is lighting bonfires which are causing you a problem or nuisance, it may be advisable to approach your neighbour and politely tell them how the bonfire is affecting you. They may be unaware of the way smoke is blowing and therefore, the effect it is having on you.
If after discussing the matter, the neighbour continues to light bonfires which you feel cause you nuisance, you can report it. The same applies to industrial or trade premises where bonfires are not permitted if they emit dark smoke.
Are there time restrictions on having a bonfire?
There are no time restrictions on bonfires, however, if the bonfire is causing you a nuisance, you can complain and the Council will investigate if your complaint is legitimate.
Can I make an anonymous complaint?
You must provide your details to the Council in order for them to investigate the bonfire, however, your details will not be passed on to the person you are complaining about.
What will the Council do when I complain?
A Council Environmental Health Officer will speak to you to understand how the bonfire is affecting you. If the complaint is upheld, they will speak to the offender about stopping or reducing the number of bonfires.
What information should I log if the bonfire problem continues?
It is recommended that you log details of each bonfire as it helps the Council gather evidence to investigate your complaint. You should note the following:
- where the fire is coming from
- time the bonfire started and ended
- whether the smoke is black or white
- the impact it is having on you
Once you've recorded these details, you can provide them to the Environmental Health Officer when they contact you.
Here you can find guidance on holding community bonfires.