We investigate nuisance complaints such as smoke and odours from neighbouring premises.
We investigate these complaints to determine whether they amount to a statutory nuisance. If we consider that a statutory nuisance exists, and the person causing the problem is unco-operative, we have powers to take formal action and refer the matter to the courts.
It must be recognised that not all accumulations constitute a nuisance and there will be many instances when we cannot offer any assistance.
Christchurch - nuisance from smoke and bonfires
Lighting a bonfire can cause nuisance to your neighbours especially if it is a nice sunny day with washing out and windows open. Be considerate and warn your neighbours before you light your bonfire so it causes the least amount of annoyance.
East Dorset - bonfires
Bonfires can be very annoying as the smoke, smuts and smell can stop neighbours enjoying their gardens, hanging out washing or opening windows and may trigger asthma attacks or cause breathing difficulties in vulnerable people.
North Dorset - bonfires
Every year North Dorset receives a large number of complaints about bonfires causing a repeated nuisance.
Purbeck - bonfires
Contrary to popular belief, there are no specific times of the day when bonfires may or may not be lit within the Purbecks.
West Dorset - general nuisances
We will take all reasonable steps to investigate and, if appropriate, to take formal action in the event of justified complaints of statutory nuisance.
Weymouth and Portland - bonfires
If you find your neighbours are lighting bonfires which are causing you nuisance, in the first instance, approach your neighbours and politely tell them how the bonfire is affecting you.