Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Your business activities may be causing a nuisance. A nuisance can be any action or failure to act, which interferes with people's use and enjoyment of land or property, or that could have a negative effect on health.
Causes of nuisances include noise, odour and smoke.
If you cause but fail to deal with a nuisance problem you could face legal action and a fine. Your local council could restrict or stop your business activities.
If you have a permit, licence or exemption and you breach noise, odour or other conditions your environmental regulator or, in Northern Ireland, your district council can take enforcement action against you.
This guide explains the law on nuisance for businesses and the actions that your local council and environmental regulator can take if your business causes a nuisance. It also covers specific types of statutory nuisance and gives advice on how you can try to limit their impact or avoid them altogether
Read about preventing nuisances from your business
Read about nuisances caused by noise and vibration
Guidance page on nuisances caused by odour, dust and smoke
Read the full text of key pieces of environmental legislation relating to noise, odour and other nuisances.
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