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
- 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
- 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.
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.