What is a Public Health Nuisance?
A public health nuisance is defined by Minnesota law as any activity or failure to act that adversely affects public health.
Examples that could result in a public health nuisance citation are:
- Improperly stored solid waste, such as rotting garbage or dead animals.
- Insect or rodent infestations.
- Evidence of a meth lab or other clandestine drug manufacturing.
- Unsafe living situations (lack of sewage disposal or garbage house)
Please note: Clutter or general poor housekeeping is not considered a public health nuisance. Accumulations of clothing, household goods, magazines, or other examples of hoarding behavior are not necessarily a public health nuisance.
What is the difference between a public health nuisance and a public nuisance?
A public health nuisance is generally related to conditions that may affect one's health or cause a disease, whereas public nuisances tend to be non-health related conditions.
Examples of public nuisances include:
- Excessive noise
- Open wells
- Animal control issues
- Long grass
- Leaking roof in a rental property, etc.