Here are some examples that may represent a statutory nuisance:
- Piles of household waste in a back yard
- Piles of dog mess in a garden
- Barking dogs, loud music
- Smoke from regular garden bonfires
- Security lighting shining into a bedroom
- Infestations of pests such as flies
- Smell from a pigeon loft that is not cleaned out regularly
Part three of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 requires councils to take reasonable steps to investigate and, if appropriate, take formal action on justified complaints of statutory nuisance.
If we find that a complaint of statutory nuisance is justified, we will issue an Abatement Notice. This will be served on the person responsible or the owner/occupier of the premises (as appropriate). The notice orders them to stop the nuisance.
Failure to comply with an Abatement Notice is an offence. It may result in legal proceedings and if found guilty of an offence the maximum fine is £20,000 and/or six months in prison.