Intrusive lighting

If you are being affected by intense lighting in and around your property, we can investigate the situation.

Light nuisances are investigated, and any action will depend on:

  • the intensity of the light
  • the duration and rate of emission of the light
  • the sensitivity of the environment and the impact of the light.

Resolving light nuisance complaints may not be straightforward, and it can be a time-consuming process.

We investigate complaints caused by light as an environmental nuisance, which is defined in the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 as ‘the emission, discharge, depositing or disturbance of a pollutant that unreasonably interferes with, or is likely to unreasonably interfere with, a person’s enjoyment of the environment’. If a source of lighting is having an extremely negative impact on you it may be considered to be a nuisance.

If you wish to make a complaint regarding an intrusive light, please complete the following online form.

If the online form does not display, you can download a printable lighting nuisance formprintable lighting nuisance form(PDF, 44KB) , and send it by email to

Please note: Do not use this form for complaints about street lighting – these can be made on our street lighting page.

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