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The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 amended the law on statutory nuisance to include artificial lighting from domestic premises.

It does not apply to light emitted from:

  • airports
  • harbour premises
  • railway premises
  • tramway premises
  • bus stations
  • public service vehicle operating centres
  • goods vehicle operating centres
  • lighthouses
  • prisons.

If you are affected by lighting from your neighbours

First of all, approach the person who owns the lighting and outline your concerns, as there may be a straightforward solution through minor adjustments to the lighting system. Often the lighting owner may not be aware that their system is giving rise to a problem. You could ask them politely to try:

  • re-angling or partially shading the light
  • fitting a passive infra-red sensor
  • using a lower power bulb.

It might help if you can show the neighbour the effect of the light from your property.

If negotiation with your neighbour fails to bring an acceptable solution, you can use the formal route under statutory nuisance legislation. You will need to contact the council with details of your complaint. An officer will visit the property to see the problem. A judgement will then be made as to whether artificial light emitted from a premises is prejudicial to health or a nuisance, based on what a reasonable person would accept.

Report contaminated land, light pollution, drainage or asbestos issues.

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