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By law Local Authorities are required to regulate certain types of industries to reduce pollution and in particular improve air quality.

Commercial and industrial bonfires

It's illegal to dispose of trade waste by unauthorised burning and any business doing so is potentially committing an offence. Trade waste is any waste that is generated by commercial and business premises. An allegation of burning trade waste is a matter for the Environmental Agency to investigate.

The emission of dark or black smoke from trade or industrial bonfires premises constitutes an offence under the Clean Air Act 1993. The Council will investigate all allegations of dark or black smoke arising from trade or industrial premises.


Under Part III of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 we can take action to secure the abatement of statutory nuisances from industrial premises. A statutory nuisance can arise from excessive smoke, noise disturbance, odour, dust and or fumes arising from industrial activities.

In addition to industrial nuisances we also investigate nuisance from noise caused by amplified noise, machinery or equipment in the street.

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Environmental Safety and Health
3-5 St James's Road

Telephone 0300 555 2345

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday - 8.45am to 5.00pm
Offices are closed at weekends and Bank Holidays.