What is ‘statutory nuisance’?
We can investigate complaints about issues that are a ‘statutory nuisance’ under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
To count as a statutory nuisance, the issue must:
- unreasonably and substantially interfere with the use or enjoyment of your home or other premises or
- injure health or be likely to injure health.
Examples of statutory nuisance include:
- noise from premises, vehicles, equipment or machinery in the street
- smoke from residential, business and industrial premises (including bonfires)
- smells from industry, trade or business premises (eg sewage treatment works, factories and restaurants)
- artificial light from premises, such as domestic and commercial security lights and floodlit football pitches
- insect infestations from industrial, trade or business premises
- accumulation or deposits on premises, such as piles of rotting rubbish.