Introduction to this document

Guidance note - statutory nuisance

If activities on your site are causing a nuisance to others, you must take action to resolve them. Use our guidance document to better understand what statutory nuisances are and how to rectify issues linked to them.  

Whats covered?

A statutory nuisance is a form of antisocial activity created by an occupier such as noise, odour, dust, smoke, gas, fumes, waste, litter, artificial light, or pests.

Our Guidance Note - Statutory Nuisance will help you to identify likely nuisances and understand the legal consequences. It includes basic guidance on the everyday actions that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of creating a statutory nuisance along with details of what can happen if you fail to manage one properly. There is also a short guide to how to handle direct complaints to avoid escalation.