Rules for chimneys, bonfires, open fires and wood burning stoves
The borough of Lewisham is a smoke control area. This means you can’t emit smoke from a chimney unless you’re burning an authorised fuel or using an exempt appliance.
Rules for open fires and wood burning stoves
If you have an open fire, furnace or boiler you must use smokeless fuels, such as fire logs or briquettes, or use an exempt appliance. If you already have or want to buy a wood burning stove then you must use an exempt appliance.
Rules for chimneys, furnaces and boilers
In a smoke control area, it is an offence to produce smoke from a chimney, furnace or boiler.
Rules for bonfires
Domestic bonfires are not illegal but they can cause pollution. Bonfires that produce dark smoke (usually when plastics are burnt) are illegal.
We can prosecute persistent offenders, including commercial organisations, and issue fines up to £20,000.
Alternatives to bonfires
Look at our rubbish and recycling pages for advice on how to dispose of waste in other ways.