When a light is more than just light pollution or annoying it may amount to a statutory nuisance.
We may be able to assist if you are being substantially affected by artificial light, for example if you are getting direct glare from a neighbour's light into a room in your property, or where a light is waking you up.
A number of other factors also need to be considered in determining whether an artificial light source is causing a statutory nuisance:
- the time of day/night
- the location for example urban/rural
- the brightness and duration of the light source
- the nature or purpose of the light
- the level of light pollution and the area affected
- the effect on the person/people affected
Some types of premises are exempt, such as, railway premises, public service vehicle operating centres and goods vehicle operating centres.
Additionally, if a business premises that can demonstrate they are using the best practicable means to reduce light nuisance it may be used as grounds to appeal or as a defence if prosecuted.
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