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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:
- harbour premises
- railway premises
- tramway premises
- bus stations
- public service vehicle operating centres
- goods vehicle operating centres
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
Institution of Lighting