Public Health Nuisance

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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.

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