Bonfire and smoke problems
There are no laws which prohibit garden bonfires, or when they can be lit. However, there are laws around the problems they may cause and the burning of certain materials.
If you are concerned about smoke from a building or smoke causing poor visibility on a highway, contact the Fire Service and Police (999).
Types of bonfire and smoke problems
Bonfire and smoke may be considered a problem if the following are happening:
Dark smoke from domestic waste bonfires
It is an offence to burn household waste which creates dark smoke, this includes rubber, painted/treated wood, furniture, tyres and plastic.
To find out how to get rid of household waste correctly see our recycling section.
Burning a bonfire safely
We provide a service for collecting garden waste; therefore it is not usually necessary to burn a bonfire. However, If you are planning on having a garden bonfire, see the Fire Services - Bonfire safety advice page for information. Also, see the new Gov.uk - Celebrating bonfire night guide.
It is an offence to release dark smoke from any chimney serving a furnace or boiler on trade or industrial premises.
You are not allowed to release any smoke from any chimney serving a furnace or boiler on a trade or industrial premises unless your chimney height has been approved.
Danger to traffic by smoke
It is an offence to let smoke drift across the road and become a danger to traffic.
Please note: If you are concerned about smoke from a building or smoke causing poor visibility on a highway, contact the Fire Service and Police.
Smoke control areas (SCA's)
In order to improve local air quality certain areas of Preston have been designated SCA.
For information about smokeless fuels and exempted fireplaces see the GOV.UK - Smoke control
How to report a problem
To report a bonfire or smoke problem complete the following online form:
Report a bonfire or smoke problem
What happens after a problem has been reported?
If a reported problem is considered a concern by the council, we can issue an abatement order. This will state the problem and what is needed to resolve it. Penalties of up to £5,000 for domestic problems and £20,000 for commercial problems can be issued to those who do not comply with the notice.