Light Pollution

What factors determine whether or not an artificial light source amounts to a statutory nuisance?

The determination of statutory nuisance is based upon a number of factors, including:

  • The nature of the surrounding area, i.e. rural/urban/commercial
  • How many light nuisance incidents have occurred to date
  • How often is the light in use
  • What time of the night is the light in use from and when is it turned off
  • How long does the light last for
  • What is the impact of the light, e.g. how bright is it in your house and what rooms are affected
  • Have any measures been taken to mitigate the impact of the light by the complainant; e.g. use of curtains or blinds. 
ID: 2412, revised 12/09/2022