We have no specific by-laws that prohibit burning. Even though bonfires are not banned, they should be avoided to prevent smoke and pollutants.

Bonfires can be seen as an easy way of getting rid of garden rubbish, but are not environmentally friendly.

They smell and produce a lot of smoke which some people will find irritating, particularly if they have any respiratory problems.


Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, a bonfire would have to be a regular problem and interfere substantially with the wellbeing, comfort or enjoyment of your property to be considered a statutory nuisance.

One off fires that are very large, produce excessive amounts of smoke, and are left to burn for long periods of time may also be considered a statutory nuisance, if they cause a significant adverse impact to neighbouring properties.

Report a smoke nuisance

You can report a smoke nuisance by using your MyEHDC account.

Report a smoke nuisance through your MyEHDC account

Please be aware that East Hampshire District Council does not offer a night time monitoring service.