Bonfires and Smoke

There are no bye-laws to prohibit bonfires in the Mid Sussex area.

The Environmental Protection Team are able to investigate any bonfires which are causing a nuisance.

To register a complaint

online complaint form

The Problem

Garden or domestic bonfire smoke can be very irritating and cause great stress to those who are exposed to it.  The smoke could potentially contain gases and particles which can affect the health of people with asthma, bronchitis or heart problems.  It can also affect the environment and ruin washing hung out to dry.

Smoke caused by garden bonfires could be a statutory nuisance resulting in a possible fine up to £5,000.

Further information and advice on bonfires including composting and recycling can be found on our bonfire information leaflet.

Smoke control areas - domestic smoke control

Under the Clean Air Act 1993, a local authority has statutory powers to control smoke from domestic & industrial sources, by creating Smoke Control Areas (SCA's).

These place restrictions on domestic fuel combustion as in such areas only designated types of fuel can be used.

No such areas have been designated within Mid Sussex.

This means fuels, such as wood and coal, can be used so long as the smoke from their combustion does not cause a nuisance to neighbouring properties.

Open fires and wood burners information leaflet.


Environmental Protection Team
Tel: 01444 477292