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Stopping the nuisance

Stopping the nuisance is done by serving a notice called an 'abatement notice' which is served on the person responsible for the statutory nuisance.  The person responsible is defined as the person to whose act, default or sufferance, the nuisance is attributable.

The notice must require that the nuisance is abated, and/or its occurrence or recurrence prohibited within a specified period.  Works or actions required to abate the nuisance may be detailed in the notice although this is only usually necessary when complex and costly alterations or procedures are required to abate the nuisance.

The person served with an abatement notice has the right of appeal against the notice to a Magistrates Court within 21 days of service.