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Environment, ASB & nuisance FAQs

My neighbour regularly has bonfires, what can the council do about it?

There are no by laws or general restrictions on bonfires in the district. If done carefully, the occasional bonfire or barbecue should not cause a major problem, so an outright ban on bonfires would be unreasonable. However, under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, it is an offence to cause a statutory nuisance, and this can include nuisances created by bonfires.

To be considered a nuisance, the bonfire would have to be a regular problem and interfering substantially with your well-being, comfort or enjoyment of your property.  If you are bothered by persistent bonfire smoke, you may wish to approach your neighbours: they may be genuinely unaware that their actions are affecting you.

If you wish to make a formal complaint, please complete a complaint of nuisance form

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