Burning Waste is Illegal

The Waste Management (Prohibition of Waste Disposal by Burning) Regulations, 2009 (as amended) specifically prohibit the disposal of household and commercial waste by burning, also called backyard burning.

These regulations explicitly make the disposal of waste by burning an offence under both the Air Pollution Act, 1987 and the Waste Management Act, 1996 (as amended).

This includes burning waste in a:

  • Domestic fireplace
  • Home incinerator
  • Barrell
  • Bonfire of any type

Obey the Law

Burning waste is an offence, which can be prosecuted at District Court Level for which heavy fines up to €4,000 apply upon conviction.

There is one exception and that is for the agricultural community - this permits farmers to burn green waste (vegetation) generated from agricultural practices.

Please note that farmers must have written permission from the Local Authority to burn vegetation and all burning operations should be notified to the Fire Service, via the control centre by telephoning 999. This derogation is due to expire on 1st January, 2021.

Please Note:

Section 40 of the Wildlife Act 1976, as amended by Section 46 of the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, restricts the cutting, grubbing, burning or destruction by other means of vegetation growing on uncultivated land or in hedges or ditches during the nesting and breeding season for birds and wildlife, from 1st March to 31st August.

Report all suspicious or illegal activity to Gardai immediately.

Landowners found burning illegally could face fines, imprisonment and Single Farm Payment penalties, where applicable.

Further information is available at the links below:

This service is provided by

Planning and Environmental Services Department

Phone +353 61 556000
Limerick City and County Council, Dooradoyle, Limerick V94 XF67