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Birmingham City Council

Bonfires: Legislative Control

The Environmental Protection Act 1990 enables local authorities to deal formally with domestic bonfires using statutory nuisance provisions of the Act. However, the legislation is difficult to enforce because it can only be applied to frequent lighting of bonfires at premises. The lighting of a single bonfire cannot be controlled using this legislation.

Commercial bonfires are controlled by the Clean Air Act 1974. It is an offence to produce dark or black smoke from a bonfire at commercial premises.

There is no reason for any waste to be burnt outdoors on open fires in Birmingham because a comprehensive waste disposal service is provided City-wide.

To request further advice or assistance go to http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/air-quality

Warning: Look out for hedgehogs in bonfires!