You can report untidy land or gardens if they are unsightly as they may attract environmental crimes, such as fly-tipping.

If untidy sites are left, they become worse and the area starts to feel neglected and unsafe. Untidy sites are rarely dangerous to public health but may have a negative impact on the local area.

You can report untidy gardens if they're visible from the main living space in your home or from your garden. 

Report untidy land or gardens

You can also report untidy land or gardens by calling 01634 333 333.

Once we've got your report 

Once we have established that it is untidy land we'll issue a written warning.

This normally gives the owner up to 28 days to confirm that the works needed will be completed and provide the start date. No more than two warnings are given before an enforcement notice is issued.

Serving notice

A notice can be served on the property or land owner to request that they tidy it up.

The notice will tell them what needs to be done and when. It is an offence not to comply with the notice within the period specified. If the requirements of the notice are not carried out in the required timescale the land owner or resident could be fined and given a criminal record.

Many of the problems of untidy land are relatively easy to put right. Issues include:

  • build up of household waste, refuse bags, white goods and litter
  • dilapidated walls, broken windows or graffiti
  • land with fly tipping, industrial or demolition waste
  • builders rubble
  • dumped sofas or furniture
  • abandoned vehicles or caravans in poor condition
  • overgrown gardens

Your confidentiality

Details of the person who reported the untidy land will be kept confidential.

In some cases it will be obvious where the complaint has originated from, for example previous neighbour disputes, or if the garden can only be seen from one property.

If the case goes to court for non-compliance of a notice then any photos taken will be used in evidence. This could mean it becomes apparent where the complaint originated from.