Guide

Noise pollution, odour and other nuisances

Introduction

Your business activities may be causing a nuisance. A nuisance can be any action or failure to act, which interferes with people's use and enjoyment of land or property, or that could have a negative effect on health.

If you cause but fail to deal with a nuisance problem you could face legal action and a fine. Your district council could restrict or stop your business activities. If you have a permit, licence or exemption and you breach noise, odour or other conditions the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) or your district council can take enforcement action against you.

This guide explains the law on nuisance for businesses and the actions that your district council and NIEA can take if your business causes a nuisance. It also covers specific types of statutory nuisance and gives advice on how you can try to limit their impact or avoid them altogether.