There are restrictions around when you can use fireworks, at certain times of the day and relating to certain events. For most times of the year the cut off time for letting off fireworks is 11pm. On November 5 (Guy Fawkes or bonfire night) the cut off is midnight. For New Year's Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, the cut off is 1am.
There are laws regarding the use of fireworks at home, and which restrict the type of fireworks that can be purchased. Category 2 and 3 fireworks can only be purchased by persons over the age of 18. Category 4 fireworks are for use by professionals only and are illegal for home use.
I am planning a party with fireworks, what should I do?
It is a good idea to let neighbours know what you are planning so they are aware and can make arrangements if they have pets.
When purchasing fireworks, consider buying less noisy ones, or even 'silent fireworks' which are becoming more popular. These are the same as traditional fireworks but they don't produce the very loud bangs and whistles and can be just as enjoyable.
Can I complain about fireworks being used?
The Council can investigate noise from fireworks where they are being used regularly and are very intrusive, however it is often very difficult to prove where the fireworks are being let off from. If they are being used as part of a one-off celebration, this would fall outside of the law we use to tackle noise nuisance.
For more information about the laws on fireworks, please click the following link:
To make a complaint about noise from fireworks, please use the following links: