Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Your waste or sewage site can attract insects, scavenging birds, vermin and other pests that are hazardous to human health.
For information about pathogens, see our pathogens guidance.
If your business has a permit, licence or registered exemption you must comply with its conditions, including any conditions about pests. If you do not comply with conditions you can be fined or sent to prison.
If your business is affected by large numbers of insects that cause or are likely to cause a nuisance or harm the health of your neighbours, your local council can issue you with anabatement notice that:
Anyone affected by the nuisance, such as your neighbours, can apply to the court in Northern Ireland or the sheriff in Scotland to issue you with an abatement notice.
You can be fined if you do not comply with an abatement notice, and your local authority can take steps to abate the nuisance itself and charge you for its costs.
For further information, see our guidance on noise, odour and other nuisances.
If you require assistance with pest control, contact the environmental health department of your local council.
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has published a short guide to the duty of care responsibilities including advice and information for waste producers, carriers and those accepting, storing and treating waste.
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Any person intending to alter the use or management of areas of uncultivated or semi-natural land must obtain prior approval from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).
Read more on the DAERA website
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