Information on Smell and Odour Nuisance

The Environmental Health Section can investigate complaints regarding smell and odour nuisance. The source, duration and intensity of these odours tend to vary considerably and some investigations can become very involved.

Most issues are resolved informally and formal action under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 would only be considered in extreme circumstances. Invariably, odours are part of our everyday lives and what may be offensive to one individual may not be to others. Given that such subjectivity is at the heart of odour complaints, the officer concerned will take into account the source, duration and intensity of the problem together with your location before deciding what action is appropriate.

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