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Report a bonfire problem

There is no law against having a bonfire, but there are laws against bonfires causing a nuisance.

There's nothing the council can do about one-off or occasional bonfires.

We can only take action when bonfires are frequent and causing a nuisance.

Advice if you're having a bonfire

Please bear in mind that bonfires can be irritating for other people. The smoke and smell can prevent others from hanging out washing, opening windows and using their garden.

It is not unreasonable to have an occasional bonfire as long as it does not cause a problem for your neighbours.

If you can, please avoid burning a bonfire at weekends, Bank Holidays and when smoke may be blown into your neighbours' gardens.

If you must have a bonfire, you must never burn:

  • Household rubbish
  • Rubber tyres
  • Engine oil
  • Petrol
  • Damp material
  • Anything that contains plastic foam or paint.

Remember - you must not burn household rubbish. You can get rid of household or garden waste by composting or recycling it in your green garden waste bin. Bin collections in Sandwell are free for residential properties. Household rubbish is collected weekly and garden waste is collected fortnightly.

Only burn dry material and don't leave a fire unattended or smouldering.

Danger to traffic by smoke

You could be fined if you light a fire and you allow the smoke to drift across the road and it becomes a danger to traffic.

If you notice smoke from a bonfire causing a danger to traffic, please contact the police.

 

Complain about a neighbour's bonfire

Please be aware we have no power to deal with one-off or occasional bonfires.

A bonfire must happen frequently to be considered a nuisance. We can issue an 'abatement notice' if a neighbour's bonfire is causing a nuisance.

Your neighbour can be fined up to £5,000 if they don't stick to the notice.

Report a bonfire problem

If you are worried that a fire is dangerous please call the fire service by dialling 999.

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