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Residents across Teignbridge are being asked to think of others when deciding to light a bonfire.

With more people working from home, the effects of bonfires, particularly during the daytime, are likely to be much more serious and have a bigger impact on people’s health. 

It is important to be considerate particularly going into the summer months when the weather will be warmer and people who are at home rely on fresh air from open windows.

Bonfires can also become out of control or cause accidents, creating extra pressure on the already busy emergency services.

Open fires and wood-burning stoves have become more popular in recent years. Smoke from burning causes air pollution which can cause harm to health. DEFRA have produced a guide to help reduce environmental and health impacts, and give advice on how to maximise efficiency, reduce the risk of chimney fires and reduce smoke and carbon monoxide which can be harmful to you and your neighbours.
Open fires and wood-burning stoves - a practical guide.

We will take enforcement action against any persistent offenders where bonfires cause an impact on neighbours.

If you are experiencing problems with neighbours having persistent bonfires which is having an impact on your quality of life, please report it below by selecting 'Start'.

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More info about the journey

  • your name, address and a contact telephone number
  • accurate details of the source of the problem before we can start an investigation

All complainants' personal details will be treated confidentially, however should the case go to court then your names would have to be released. You would have an opportunity to discuss this with the case officer before the details were released.

Anonymous complaints will not normally be investigated.


We will respond to all incidents within two working days. We will contact both parties and if possible mediate between complainants to provide a solution.

We will monitor the smoke from the bonfire.

If a nuisance is proved, we will take prompt enforcement action.


You can contact your neighbour direct and resolve it between yourselves - how to resolve neighbour disputes.

You can take private action and we would recommend that you contact a solicitor for advice.


When this content has been updated

Last updated 14 September 2022