Commercial bonfires

Bonfires can cause a considerable nuisance because of the ash and smoke produced. Commercial premises or builders should not light bonfires and we can take action if advised of a problem with a bonfire.


Commercial premises or builders should not use bonfires to dispose of any rubbish produced as a result of their operations. The only exception to this is the burning of diseased wood on site, which is permitted in certain cases. If a bonfire is causing a nuisance we can take action under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, whilst if the bonfire produces black smoke this could be an offence under the Clean Air Act 1993. If either our informal or formal approach is ignored then we will consider prosecuting the offender.

Next Steps

Contact us by:

  • preferably by telephone so we can visit the premises whilst the fire is still burning or, by
  • email
  • letter

When you contact us we will need the address of the property where the bonfire is situated, as we cannot proceed without this information.

Public protection


Tel: 0300 303 8657

Fax: 020 8313 4450

Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, Bromley, BR1 3UH