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Following a steep rise in cases across the region, the whole of the North East has been named as an area that will receive additional support. You can read the latest statement from LA7 leaders. There are no additional restrictions on the area or residents but with cases of Covid higher than ever before everyone is asked to continue to act carefully and responsibly. Further information will be provided as it becomes available. See Covid-19 advice and information for advice on how to stay safe. Thank you for playing your part in helping to keep the North East open and protect others.

Garden bonfires


Garden bonfires are not illegal, even in a smoke control area, but there are laws for the nuisance they can cause.

Burning domestic waste

You can't burn household waste if it will cause pollution or harm people's health. Dry garden waste can be burnt.

Dispose of household or garden waste by composting or recycling it.

Drifting smoke - danger to traffic

You could be fined if you light a fire and you allow the smoke to drift across the road and become a danger to traffic.

Complain about a neighbours' bonfire

We can issue an abatement notice if a neighbour's bonfire is causing a nuisance. Your neighbour can be fined up to £5,000 if they don't stick to the notice.

A bonfire must happen frequently to be considered a nuisance.

 

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Environment, Health and Consumer Protection
03000 261 016
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • Environment, Health and Consumer Protect
  • PO Box 617
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 9HZ
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