Odour guidance for Local Authorities

The purpose of this guide is to support local authorities in their regulatory roles in preventing, regulating and controlling odours.



The guide recognises odour as potentially having a significant impact upon individuals and local communities.  The guide, therefore, aims to:

  • explain the basic properties of odour;
  • explain the legal and regulatory framework for preventing and controlling odours;
  • identify the most common sources of odour and the methods that can be used to investigate and assess them; and
  • explain the administrative and practical control measures available to local authorities and to provide guidance on how best to implement the service.

This guide provides advice on what constitutes good practice for local authorities in fulfilling their statutory duties.