There are no laws that prohibit bonfires, but there are laws around the problems they may cause and the burning of certain materials.
Call 999 if you are concerned about smoke from a building, or smoke causing poor visibility on a highway.
Find out about air pollution in New Forest.
There are no restrictions on when you can or cannot have a bonfire. However, you shouldn't cause a smoke nuisance to anyone.
In warm weather, windows may be left open and people may be enjoying their gardens well into the evening period. You should always respect the reasonable wishes of your neighbours.
If you intend to use a bonfire to dispose of garden waste, consider the alternatives below.
You can reduce the effects caused by bonfires by following this advice.
You can download GOV.UK's guidance on bonfire nights below.
When using a solid fuel appliance or wood burner, you should ensure that:
It is recommended that wood burning stoves (or any appliances burning solid fuel) do not have a cap or cowl on the discharge end of the flue that impedes the upward vertical flow of emissions from the flue. This causes the smoke to flow back down to the ground (down-wash) and increases the likelihood of causing annoyance to your neighbours.
The Clean Air Act 1993 introduced a wide range of new regulations, such as those which control smoke emissions.
There are no smoke control areas within New Forest. However, care should be taken when choosing a fuel to avoid causing smoke problems to your neighbours.
You can contact us to make a complaint about anything detailed above, or to ask questions about bonfires and burning materials.
Phone: 02380 285411
Environmental Health (Protection)
Our office hours are:
Monday to Thursday: 8.45am to 5.15pm
Fridays: 8.45am to 4.45pm