Untidy land can become unsightly or attract other 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 they will be an eyesore, which means it is detrimental to the local area.

Report untidy land or garden

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

Once the owner has been located, the first written warning is issued. This normally gives the recipient a period of twenty eight days to submit confirmation that the required works will take place along with a start date.

If that is ignored, a second stronger warning is issued. No more than two warnings are given before an enforcement notice being issued.

Serving notice

A notice can be served to the property owner to request that they clear up.

The notice will specify what needs to be done to correct the situation within a given timescale. It is an offence not to comply with the notice within the specified period. If the requirements of the notice are not carried out in the required timescale the landowner could be fined and have a criminal record.

Many of the problems of untidy land are relatively easy to put right, for example:

  • 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
  • overgrown gardens

We are permitted to enter land to carry out the works specified in the notice and reclaim costs from the land owner – usually by means of a land charge on the land or property.