If you are considering having a bonfire

Garden bonfires should be avoided if at all possible. Barnet is one of the most populated London Borough and it is unlikely that you will be able to have a domestic bonfire without disturbing a neighbour.

For details on green bin collections please go to the recycling section on our website. Guidance is also provided on composting.

Bonfires affecting people with COVID-19   

Smoke from bonfires can exacerbate respiratory conditions which is of particular concern while more people are at home with health problems caused by COVID-19.

What we will investigate

There is no legislation against domestic bonfires. However we may investigate complaints of nuisance arising from the smoke emanating from a fire.

If you believe you are being unreasonably disturbed by the smoke from a fire, contact us so that an officer may visit you at your property.

The officer will assess the nuisance you are experiencing and then they will advise you of any action to be taken regarding the persons responsible for the bonfire.

To report a nuisance arising from a bonfire, contact the Environmental Health Service on telephone 020 8359 7995 or email

Include your address and telephone number as well as details of the premises where the bonfire is located.