Light pollution

Sefton have powers under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to investigate complaints of artificial light nuisance. To make a formal noise complaint please ring 0345 140 0845.

Artificial light problems that we can deal with 

Artifical light problems we do not deal with


We recommended that you contact the source of the light pollution in the first instance as the person or business causing the pollution may not know they are creating a problem.  If this does not resolve the problem or you don’t feel able to approach the  source and you wish to make a formal complaint you can do so by ringing 0345 140 0845. 

You will need to provide:

  • Your name, address, valid email address and contact telephone number
  • The exact address (post code) where the light pollution is coming from
  • The type of light pollution, how long it has been happening and what you have done to try to deal with it

We aim to respond to light pollution complaints within five working days of receipt of your request

When we receive your complaint, an Investigating Officer will be assigned to your case and will contact you to ensure you understand the investigation procedure and advise you of the next steps in the process.

After discussion with yourself it may be appropriate for the Investigating officer to write to the light nuisance source to try and resolve the matter at an early stage.

If the problem continues over the next one to three weeks, you should complete and return the light nuisance log sheet that you will have received in the post or by email.

After completing the light log sheet please sign, date, copy and return the log sheet to the e-mail or freepost address provided in your acknowledgement.

The log sheet must include the reference number you were assigned when you reported the light complaint. Your investigating Officer will review the log and contact you to discuss the case.

Your investigating Officer will review this log and contact you to discuss the case. If no further action can be taken you will be advised of this at this point. If further action is possible the light complaint source may be issued with a formal warning and surveillance may be proposed. 

If the problem continues, you may be asked to complete further logs sheets and officers may visit your premises to witness the problem. If evidence of a light nuisance is witnessed, the Council will take appropriate enforcement action and may serve an abatement notice on the person responsible for the light pollution.

Your Investigating officer will keep you updated throughout the investigation process.

If the light pollution continues after the abatement notice, court action may be possible and you may be required to complete further log sheets, witness statements and attend court to give evidence.

If no further action is possible the Investigating Officer will contact you and advise you accordingly.

Last Updated on 16 October 2017

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