Is it illegal to have a bonfire?

 

It is a common misconception that there are specific byelaws that prohibit garden bonfires or specify times they can be lit  – there aren't. Very occasionally a bonfire is the best practicable way to dispose of garden waste that cannot be composted – such as diseased plant material or tough woody waste. If only dry garden waste is burnt the occasional bonfire should not cause a major problem. However, where a neighbour is causing a problem by burning rubbish, the law is on your side. Under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) 1990, a statutory nuisance includes "smoke, fumes or gases emitted from premises so as to be prejudicial to health or a nuisance". In practice, to be considered a statutory nuisance, a bonfire would have to be a persistent problem, interfering substantially with your well being, comfort or enjoyment of your property. To find out more or report a problem go to http://www.dover.gov.uk/Environment/Factsheets/Garden-Bonfires.aspx