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

There is one exception, and that is for the agricultural community, which permits farmers to burn green waste generated from agricultural practices. 
Please Note: This is to be a last resort having first, where practicable -

  • Reduced waste arising in accordance with best agricultural practices
  • Reused waste
  • Recycled waste through shredding/mulching, compost or wood chippings. Please click here for further information.
  • Salvage of waste for use as firewood/fuel

If none of the above are viable, it is possible for farmers to apply for written permission from the Local Authority to burn green waste.

Obey the Law:

It is an offence to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy any vegetation growing on any land not then cultivated between 1st March and 31st August in any year.

Report all suspicious or illegal activity to Gardai immediately. Landowners wishing to carry out legally permitted prescribed burning must notify in writing all forest owners within one mile of the wood, and the local Garda station, between 7 and 35 days in advance of the burning operation.

Once written permission to burn agricultural vegetation has been received from the Local Authority, all burning operations should be notified to the Fire Service, via the control centre by telephoning 999.

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

This service is provided by

Planning and Environmental Services Department

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