Lighting a bonfire in a public place is illegal. A public place is anywhere other than your own back garden, and includes streets, parks, playgrounds and grassland.

You can support the fire service by reporting any fly-tipped materials on public land and in open spaces for removal - before they have a chance to be set on fire. 

Deliberate fires on public land are different from orgainsed bonfires. They;

  • can quickly and easily spread, especially if lit too close to nearby buildings, trees, fences, etc.
  • are often made from rubbish, so may contain plastics, rubber or painted materials that produce toxic fumes when lit.
  • can cause smoke to drift across the road and become a danger to traffic.
  • will prevent the fire service from attending to other emergencies - putting lives at risk.

 Those caught building dangerous bonfires could face;

  •  a fixed penalty notice or on the spot fine.
  •  an acceptable behaviour contract issued by the Fire Service, Police, Community Safety Team and Housing Provider.
  •  a tenancy warning from their landlord, if tenancy conditions are breached.
  •  criminal prosecution for damage.

Tell Us!

Report illegal bonfires & fly-tipping on public land for removal before they have chance to cause damage, by calling Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service between 10am and 4pm on 0800 731 5958

Don't let others ruin your neighbourhood, tell the Police about property being damaged, misuse of fireworks and anti-social behaviour by ringing 101, or @MerPolCC - Twitter and Merseyside Police  CC - Facebook.

You may also want to report the issues to your registered housing provider, who will take action against those who may be breaching their tenancy conditions.

Report fly tipping

Report to Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service between 10am and 4pm on:

0800 731 5958

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