Light pollution

Find out how to report light pollution and what our Environmental Health Officers can do about it.

We can only investigate issues with artificial light pollution if it is causing a ‘statutory nuisance’. This means the light is so bad it significantly interferes with the enjoyment of your home, or is likely to cause ill health.

We recommend that you speak to the owners of the light first, as they may not know it is causing an issue. If this doesn’t solve the problem, you can report the light to us.

Reporting light pollution online

You can report light pollution to us anytime online.

Report light pollution

What we'll do about light pollution complaints

Our first action will be to write to the owner of the light source, suggesting they talk to neighbours about any issues.

If this doesn’t resolve the problem, we may take further action.

If we find that the light is causing a nuisance, we can issue an abatement notice. An abatement notice requires the person to take action to control the light pollution. If they fail to do so, this is an offence.

Some lights are not covered by statutory nuisance laws.


You should keep a diary of how and when the light is causing a nuisance. Take photographs to show the problem if you can. These will be important for any further action we take.