Bonfires and burning outdoors

There are no laws against having bonfires, though it is an offence for the smoke, or the smell of the smoke to cause a statutory nuisance.

Report smoke pollution

If you are bothered by smoke from a bonfire or other burning that is taking place outdoors you can report this online. We will visit and consider whether the smoke is causing a statutory nuisance and take action if necessary.

If fires have been started deliberately in your area, you can call the Crimestoppers Scotland hotline on 0800 555111. Calls are anonymous, you do not have to give your name or personal details.

Report fly tipping

Fly tipping during the bonfire and fireworks season is a major cause of fire and it is also a criminal offence. If you see fly tipping or know of an area where there is build up of rubbish or combustible material, see information on how to report fly tipping.

Smoke and fire emergencies

In a real emergency call 999, state clearly your location and the situation.

Bonfire night safety

Fire Scotland have advice on celebrating bonfire night safely.

Report smoke pollution

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Address: Council Headquarters
Newtown St. Boswells

Telephone: 0300 100 1800