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Light Pollution

Light pollution is light that affects you on or in your property. Often light pollution is caused by security lights and garden lights.

If you are bothered by lights from neighbouring properties the council may be able to help you. The council is however unable to deal with sky glow (the light in the sky which makes it difficult to see the stars).

There are no legal limits for light levels so an experienced officer from the council will assess the light taking into account:

  • How often the lights are on
  • The length of time that the lights are on
  • The impact of the use of lights on a neighbouring property.

Taking all of these factors into consideration the council may serve a Notice requiring the nuisance of the lights to be removed or reduced

Planning permission and lighting

Commercial developments may need to planning permission for external lighting and illuminated advertising. Please see the Planning pages for further information.

To make a complaint about light pollution:

Environmental Complaints and Comments