Light pollution

What is it and what to do if you’re affected by it.

What is light pollution

Light pollution is excessive, artificial light that is allowed into areas not intended to be lit.

We can take action when light pollution is classed as a nuisance. It is classed as a nuisance when it affects a person’s health or enjoyment of their home.  It includes lights on domestic and commercial premises.

If you’re disturbed by light

Try and talk to the person responsible.  They may not realise they’re causing a problem.  They may be able to re-angle or partially shade the light, fit an infrared sensor or use a lower power bulb.

If this doesn’t resolve the problem or you can’t talk to the person responsible, you can report it to us. You'll need to tell us how the problem has affected you over the last 14 days.

Report light pollution online

Other ways to contact us

Call 0117 922 2500, option 4.

How to avoid causing light pollution

If you’re fitting lights, consider:

  • if the lighting is really needed
  • if the light needs to be on all night
  • how much light is needed and keep it to the minimum
  • if there is anything you can do to avoid light pollution, such as changing the angle of the light

Security lighting

If you’re installing security lights:

  • make sure lights are adjusted so that they only light the area you intend to and not anyone else’s property
  • make sure the lights only pick up movement on your property
  • for a domestic property a 150w bulb is bright enough
  • angle the light downwards, below 70 degrees

Making these changes will also save you energy and money.

Contact information

Neighbourhood Enforcement (100TS)

PO Box 3176

Bristol, BS3 9FS

Opening Hours

Our normal opening hours are:

  • Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 5pm
  • Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm

Tel: 0117 922 2500, option 3