Guy Fawkes Night – Are Tenants allowed To Host A Bonfire Party

Sounds like a plan! Hot Dogs, a few drinks, friends, a roaring fire and fireworks, of course. But, the question is can you host a bonfire party? If local council regulations are followed , public displays are fine for homeowners. But what about tenants? Well, that depends largely on their tenancy agreement.

In the absence of a fireworks clause, many tenancy agreements will specify that tenants cannot cause any nuisance or aggravation to neighbours, and certainly not engage in antisocial behaviour.


Always gain consent from both the landlord and neighbours. If loud noise is inevitable, try and keep it confined to a short, previously agreed, period of time.

Fireworks can be very loud and are known to cause distress to pets and elderly people so don’t go overboard. If guests are attending, make sure they keep noise to a minimum if celebrating into the night.

Be aware of any potential damage, such as damage to the ground, and determine in advance whether you have the budget or resources to repair any damage.


Prior to holding a bonfire night party, tenants should seek permission from their neighbours and landlord. But the top consideration should be the safety of everyone attending, no matter how small the gathering.

Every year, there are an average of 552 fireworks accidents, some of which are deadly. Because of this, the fire brigade always recommends that people attend events that are properly organized.


The distance between your guests and the fireworks or bonfire should be considerable for a fireworks night party. If you can, designate an area for letting off fireworks that is away from your house and any fences or trees in the area.

Are fireworks safe to let off if you have a concrete patio? If they topple once they’re lit, they could shoot into your fence, house or other objects.

While fireworks can pose a threat in enclosed spaces such as a small garden, they are not nearly as dangerous as bonfires. If not properly constructed, bonfires can damage fences, sheds, bushes, and trees, not to mention the people around them.

If children will be present, barriers should be used to keep them well away from the fire.

It is your responsibility to ensure the safety of those attending the event.


In general, we advise that tenants work hard to get the permission of their landlords and neighbours. Giving a small gift or expression of goodwill is a nice way to show your appreciation for the latter. Or you could simply invite them, which would negate the issue altogether.

Practicing common sense at all times is essential. If common sense tells you that hosting a fireworks party is in violation of your tenancy agreement or could be dangerous, you’re probably better off going to the local fireworks display.

What ever you do, have a great time.

Happy Guy Fawkes Night!


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