The Environmental Protection Act 1990 is the legal framework used to investigate odour complaints deemed to be causing a nuisance or being injurious to health. We will investigate complaints of odour in most cases.
Odour can be produced from various sources, such as:
- business practises
- domestic premises
- keeping of pets
- accumulation of rubbish.
We cannot deal with cooking odours or smoking odours from domestic properties, but we will investigate the following complaints:
- fumes from boilers
- smoke from bonfires or chimney, see Air Pollution page
- Odour from accumulations of waste (for instance dog faeces, food items)
- Odour due to the manner in which animals are kept
- Odour from a filthy premises
- Odour from industrial, trade or business premises
- Blocked or broken sewerage systems, see drainage pages
If you are experiencing problems with odour, we recommend that you approach the person directly causing the odour nuisance, as they may be unaware that they are disturbing other people. If they are unwilling to resolve the situation, please report it using the 'report a problem with odour' button above.
For further information see below under 'how to complain about an odour problem'.