Smoke from bonfires
There are no laws against having bonfires, though it is an offence for the smoke, or the smell of the smoke, to cause a statutory nuisance.
Report a bonfire problem
If possible try to resolve problems informally by approaching your neighbour.
If you do not wish to approach your neighbour you can report it to Environmental Health.
- 0131 271 3345
We will visit and consider whether the smoke is causing a statutory nuisance and take action if necessary.
If you are burning garden waste, you should try to avoid upsetting your neighbours. For example, by preventing them from opening windows, using their gardens or hanging washing out.
Smoke from garden fires can also contribute to local air pollution levels, and can affect people with breathing problems.
It is wise to only burn dry material during suitable weather conditions, and to keep the fire away from trees, fences and buildings. It is best not to burn bonfires if possible.