Smoke from Commercial Bonfires

Commercial and industrial sites have tighter laws relating to what they are allowed to burn. The law includes site where construction and demolition is taking place such as the demolition or refurbishment of a property or even land clearance in preparation to build The law of nuisance also applies to these sites, however they are also subject to the laws of the Clean Air Act and waste management regulations.

Section 2 of the Clean Air Act 1993 prohibits the emission of dark, or black smoke from an industrial or trade premise as a result of burning any matter. The emission of dark smoke is an offence and can be immediately prosecuted in the Magistrate's Court to a maximum of £5,000 per offence.

Waste produced during the course of normal business activity should be disposed of in an appropriate manner. Disposal by burning is not permissible and will be referred to the Environment Agency for investigation under the Waste Management Licensing Regulations 1994 relating to the disposal of trade waste.

Information regarding waste licensing can be obtained from the Environment Agency website at
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