What can be called a Nuisance?

Nuisance is usually used to describe an activity or condition that is harmful or annoying to others (e.g., indecent conduct, a rubbish heap, or a lot of birds making their nests in someone’s roof to the extent that they cause problems)

  • A few good examples of nuisance include:
  • Barking dogs
  • Building and construction site noise (please note there are specific days and times that noisy work is permitted in different places)
  • DIY noise during anti-social hours
  • Burglar / car alarms
  • Noisy deliveries at unreasonable hours
  • Parties, Nightclubs, and pubs
  • Loud music/television/computer games
  • Industrial processes (dry cleaners, factories, etc)
  • Kitchen extract/air conditioning units
  • Places of worship
  • Open-air event and street performers.

A public nuisance is an unreasonable interference with the public’s right to property. It includes conduct that interferes with public health, safety, peace, or convenience. This is a term that is mostly used in law and courtrooms.

Statutory Nuisance can also be used for instances including the adverse effects of artificial light, dust, odor, and insects.

Generally, all the above can mean different things to different people. For example, if your neighbor is a lover of cats, and you are not, it will not be long before you have problems if the cats keep coming to your balcony. Another cat lover may find this exciting and will be very happy with that.

So you see, the term nuisance is used in relation to the average or generally acceptable conditions of a place or group of people.