The role of Public Health is based on nuisance work. The council will investigate complaints received from members of the public on the following areas:
- The EH depart investigate complaints of 'statutory nuisance' under the clean neighbourhoods and Environment Act (NI) 2011.
- Defective privately rented dwellings
- Drainage complaints
- Offensive odours
- Smoke, dust, and fumes
- Accumulation of household waste
- Accumulation of dog foul
- Ruinous and dilapidated premises
In most instances the complaints are resolved through informal advice. Where people responsible for the nuisance are reluctant or unwilling to take steps to resolve the problem, then a notice can be served on them. Failure to comply with a notice can result in formal action in a magistrates court and a fine.
To report a public health problem, contact the Environmental Health Department at Antrim and Netwownabbey Borough Council.