North Dorset - bonfires
Every year North Dorset receives a large number of complaints about bonfires causing a repeated nuisance.
There are no specific times of the day when bonfires may or may not be lit within the North Dorset area.
Simplified, the law says that no one may have a bonfire if the smoke from it will cause a nuisance to other people. If someone does cause a repeated nuisance this may lead to enforcement action, and ultimately legal proceedings could be taken and the person possibly fined up to £5,000.
You can report the nuisance online.
North Dorset has two publications that provide further information and guidance. Leaflets can be accessed below:
Bonfires, smoke nuisance and the law (pdf, 841kb) (opens in a new window) outlines the legal position concerning smoke nuisance and waste disposal and provides basic advice to avoid the need for a fire and to reduce the likelihood of a nuisance arising.
Are you affected by a smoke nuisance (pdf, 108kb) (opens in a new window) provides guidance to those troubled by smoke and outlines the typical approach that North Dorset can take to resolve such problems.