Local Nuisance and Litter Control
Littering and activities that cause nuisance such as noise, smoke and dust impact on our enjoyment of local areas. The introduction of the Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016 assists communities resolve local environmental complaints more efficiently through their local council.
The Act gives Councils powers to deal with issues in their areas, such as unsightly premises and illegal dumping.
The Act formalises the role of local government in managing local nuisance issues to provide consistency of services across all Councils, create better tools for enforcement and more effectively deal with localised minor environmental complaints.
Since 1 July 2017,
- Local Councils are responsible for responding to community complaints and enquiries regarding local nuisances in your area.
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are the main contact for significant environment complaints.
What is a Local Nuisance?
Local Nuisance (PDF) is described in the Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016 (Act) as being "any adverse impact on the amenity value of an area, which unreasonably interferes with, or is likely to unreasonably interfere with, the enjoyment of that area by people in that area".
Local Nuisance examples may include:
- Dust (PDF)
- Land Clearing (exposed surface)
- Construction, building and or demolition works
- Activities being carried out around a domestic premises (Landscaping)
- Smoke (PDF)
- Backyard burning
- Open wood fires
- Solid fuel (combustion) heaters
- Extraction units
- Noise (PDF)
- Air conditioning
- Domestic Pool Pumps
- Power Tools and Machinery
- Odour (PDF)
- Insanitary conditions (PDF)
- Dirty or poorly maintained waste bins
- Uncovered compost heaps
- Rotting vegetation or food scraps
How can you reduce or mitigate a Local Nuisance generating activities?
- Schedule activities that may create a Local Nuisance within allowable hours.
- Consult and communicate with surrounding premises/residents on the activity to be undertaken
- Undertake all precautions to reduce the potential of the activity to cause a Local Nuisance
What does Council consider when investigating a Local Nuisance?
Does the Local Nuisance:
- adversely affect the amenity of the area?
- reduce the ability of people to enjoy the indoor and outdoor environment?
- adversely affecting the health of the community?
How to report a Local Nuisance?
- Speak to Person
Initially you should try and discuss your concerns with the people (e.g. neighbours) from where the nuisance is coming from as they may not even be aware of the effect they are having on others. This is often the quickest way to find a solution.
- Reporting a Nuisance during Business Hours
Between Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm, contact Council on (08) 8828 1200 or mail: email@example.com with as much information as possible.
- Reporting a Nuisance After Hours
To report a nuisance outside of Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm, contact SA Police on 131 444. Alternatively, contact Council during business hours to report the nuisance.
- If the Nuisance is Serious
If the nuisance has the potential for serious or material environmental harm you should contact the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) directly on (08) 8204 2004 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What is Declared Not a Local Nuisance (PDF)
- Unsightly Conditions Fact Sheet (PDF)
- For Noise Pollution information see the Environmental Protection Authority page Noise Pollution
Around 10,000 tonnes of illegally dumped rubbish will be collected this financial year. This costs every ratepayer for Council to pick up the illegally dumped rubbish within Council’s boundaries.
While some people say the cost of correctly disposing their rubbish contributes to their decision to illegally dump their waste, that is no excuse, as so much of what is dumped in our community can actually be disposed of correctly and smartly.
How to report a Littering incident?
If you spot someone doing the wrong thing, you can assist us in keeping our community rubbish free by reporting it to Council via:
- Lodging it on My Local Services app, which you can download to your phone via Google Play or Apple’s App Store.
- Telephoning Council offices on (08) 8828 1200 during office hours
- Emailing the details to Council - email@example.com
Littering Fines and Penalties
Under the Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016 offenders can and will be prosecuted.
Expiation fees range as follows:
- Up to 50 litres of general litter - $210
- Up to 50 litres of class B hazardous litter - $500
- 50 litres or more of class B hazardous litter or general litter - $1,000
- All class A hazardous litter (asbestos) is straight to court.