Report a smoke or bonfire problem

Before you make a formal report of a bonfire, you should try to discuss and resolve the matter with the person responsible for the bonfire or smoke.

If you can't resolve the issue then you should contact us.

Report a bonfire

To report the bonfire you will need:

  • your name, address and contact details
  • a description of the bonfire or smoke and where it comes from

We do not investigate anonymous complaints, so need your details to pursue any reported incidents.


You are allowed to have a bonfire at any time. However, it is better to get rid of your rubbish by taking it to your local recycling centre.

If the smoke and odour from your bonfire affects other people, they can take action under the Anti-social behaviour crime and policing act.

You can find more information on bonfires on GOV.UK.

Building works

You should get rid of waste material from building works at your nearest recycling centre

If you are a builder, you need to be authorised by the Environment Agency to transport waste.

No business should burn waste unless they have a permit from the Environment Agency. Having a permit does not allow you to cause a nuisance.


If you fail to comply with a notice, we will prosecute you.

Lighting a fire near a road could cause an accident and you may be guilty of an offence.


Customer Services

Address: Causeway House,
Bocking End,

Telephone: 01376 552525