Light pollution

Commercial security lights

Lighting used on commercial premises will be subject to the same controls as apply to domestic premises, ie it will be for the local authority to decide whether the lighting amounts to a statutory nuisance.

Commercial premises are more likely than domestic premises to use lighting which makes a significant change to a building. It may therefore be subject to planning permission.

Premises or apparatus used for the provision of electronic communication services need adequate lighting for operation and security purposes, the safety of their staff, and to protect the integrity of the telecommunications network. Nuisance law recognises the need for industry to be able to carry out its usual functions without being compromised by inadequate security lighting. That need is protected by the defence of 'best practicable means'.

With the right evidence we can take action - failure to comply with our notices can mean a fine of up to £20,000.

But before you report it to us:

  • Record the problem with an accurate note of times and dates of nuisance and photographs if you can
  • Speak to the light owner and see if you can reach a compromise

Report light pollution