Pendle Borough Council

Odour, dust, smoke and other pollution problems

Smoke from bonfires

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It is an offence under the Clean Air Act to emit dark smoke from trade or commercial premises.  We do not strictly need to see dark smoke being emitted from a fire, it is sufficient to collect evidence that materials were burned that would emit dark smoke (e.g. rubber, plastic).

If a bonfire on trade or commercial premises does not emit dark smoke, but smoke from it causes a nuisance, we can take action for statutory nuisance under the Environmental Protection Act.  In this case we could only take formal action if bonfires occurred repeatedly.

For more information contact Environmental Health Services on 01282 661199 or email

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