Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Artificial light: prevent nuisances

Artificial light: don't cause a nuisance

What you must do

Your local council can take action against you if your activities create levels of artificial light that cause, or have the potential to cause disturbance to the surrounding community. If your Environmental Health Officer finds that a statutory nuisance exists or is likely to occur, or recur, your local council will serve you with an abatement notice. This notice can:

  • require you to abate the nuisance, ie to lessen or reduce the nuisance
  • prohibit or restrict the nuisance
  • require you to carry out works or other steps to abate, restrict or remove the nuisance.

Noise, odour and other nuisances

You should take action to reduce the risk of artificial light causing a nuisance to the local community.

Good practice

Angle artificial lighting away from nearby properties.

If you are not working after dark, assess whether you could use emergency lighting rather than artificial lighting on site.

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