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Report a noise, smoke, smell or light problem

How the Council can investigate.

Noise, Light, Smell, Smoke

Noise, smoke, odours and light issues can be classed as a 'statutory nuisance'. By law, this is a problem that the Council can take action on. To decide if this is the case, the Council needs to understand:

  • how severe the problem is
  • how long the problem has lasted for and how often it happens
  • whether the nuisance happens on purpose
  • whether it would interfere with the 'average' person's reasonable enjoyment of their property.

Report a problem that is affecting you.

Typically, the types of problems the Council deals with are about:

  • Noise - such as dogs barking, alarms sounding or neighbours making noise for long periods of time.
  • Smoke - particularly from bonfires. Garden waste can be burnt in gardens, providing it doesn't cause a nuisance to other people. Rules about garden bonfires
  • Dust - particularly from building and demolition activity
  • Smell - excessive odour from cooking smells from restaurants
  • Artificial light - problems can be caused if lighting is too bright or inappropriately sited, interfering with a person's right to enjoy their property. The most common problem is a security light shining into a bedroom window.