Smoke nuisance

Please note that due to the ongoing impact of coronavirus, we are operating a limited service.

We have no specific by-laws that prohibit burning. Even though bonfires are not banned, they should be avoided to prevent smoke and pollutants.

Bonfires can be seen as an easy way of getting rid of garden rubbish, but are not environmentally friendly.

They smell and produce a lot of smoke which some people will find irritating, particularly if they have any respiratory problems.


Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, a bonfire would have to be a regular problem and interfere substantially with the wellbeing, comfort or enjoyment of your property to be considered a statutory nuisance.

'One off' fires that are very large, produce excessive amounts of smoke, and are left to burn for long periods of time may also be considered a statutory nuisance, if they cause a significant adverse impact to neighbouring properties.

Report a smoke nuisance

You can report a smoke nuisance using our contact us form, please select 'environmental health' from the list of services.

Please be aware that Havant Borough Council does not offer a night time monitoring service.