Richmondshire District Council

What is a “statutory nuisance” from insects?

From 6 April 2006, the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 added to the descriptions of statutory nuisance listed in section 79(1) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (EPA 1990) to include: “Section 79 (1)(fa) any insects emanating from relevant industrial, trade or business premises and being prejudicial to health or a nuisance.”

This doesn't apply to insects from domestic premises, which can be dealt with under existing nuisance law.

Examples of likely sources of insect nuisance complaints include:

  • Sewage treatment works
  • Manure and silage storage areas
  • Stagnant ditches and drains
  • Landfill sites
  • Refuse tips
  • Waste transfer premises


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