Report smoke from a bonfire

Bonfires and burning outdoors

West Dunbartonshire's smoke control orders do not extend to bonfires and other fire burning outdoors. There are no bylaws which forbid garden bonfires / fires or restrict the time at which they can be lit.

If you are bothered by smoke from a bonfire or other fire burning that is taking place outdoors you can report a smoke nuisance using the Environmental Health issues form. We will visit and consider whether the smoke is causing a nuisance and take action if necessary. 

You can also complain if waste is being burned that is causing black smoke. This may be an offence that can be dealt with under the Clean Air Act 1993.  

Garden bonfires 

A bonfire can be an appropriate way to get rid of woody or diseased garden waste that is not able to be composted. However, if you are burning a bonfire you should take steps to avoid annoying your neighbours. It is wise to only burn dry material during suitable weather conditions and keep the fire away from trees, fences and buildings. It is best not to burn bonfires if possible.

Environmental Protection UK has produced a leaflet that gives some more advice on garden bonfires / fires.

Garden bonfires leaflet