Nuisance provisions of the Public Health etc (Scotland) Act 2008: guidance

Procedural guidance on the statutory nuisance provisions outlined in the Public Health etc. (Scotland) Act 2008.


The problem of light nuisance generally arises from poorly designed and badly installed and operated lighting schemes leading to nuisance from excessive light intrusion and glare.

This Appendix gives guidance on both the assessment of the nuisance and determination of the conditions applicable to many possible light nuisance sources. The sources that may lead to complaint include:-

  • Industrial Developments
  • Retail Developments
  • Housing Developments
  • Transport Interchanges
  • Roads and footpaths
  • Exterior Sports Grounds and Arenas
  • Feature Lighting for Civic Enhancement, including both manmade structures and naturally occurring ones
  • Illuminated Advertisements
  • Laser shows, sky beams and light art
  • Security lighting Refurbishment of existing lighting installations, both large and small

The guidance is provided in the form of general technical guidance on light, the components of lighting schemes and procedural guidance as follows:-

Section 1 Glossary
Section 2 Evaluation of Lighting and Investigation of complaints
Section 3 Mitigation Measures

These sections are followed by best practice guidance on specific lighting issues as follows:-

Section 4 Security Lights
Section 5 Sports Facilities
Section 6 Streetlighting
Section 7 Commercial Lighting
Section 8 Amenity Light for Buildings
Section 9 Advertising Lights

In addition two ILE publications are attached as Annexes to this Appendix:-

Annex 1 Reduction of Obtrusive Light - Institution of Lighting Engineers
Annex 2 Domestic Security Lighting - Institution of Lighting Engineers


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