Untidy (eyesore) gardens

Taking action against untidy gardens

Overgrown hedges, rusting cars, rotting mattresses and piles of rubbish in people’s gardens are not only unsightly, they can be a health risk too.

You have told us you want us to take action against untidy eyesore gardens. We are using our enforcement powers to deal with this issue.

Enforcement

We have powers to deal with untidy gardens or land where there is material which can rot and cause a nuisance to neighbours or attract rats or mice.

Material like discarded food, dirty nappies, faeces or dead animals attracts vermin such as rats or mice. We will act against gardens or land that offer shelter for vermin and where we consider the land is detrimental to the local amenity. We will also act where there are materials which are unsightly but unlikely to cause a statutory nuisance.

Our enforcement patrols are out in the borough identifying homes with untidy gardens.

Residents with untidy gardens will initially be issued with a warning letter that will require them to clear and tidy their garden within a specific period of time.

Failure to comply with the letter will result in us issuing a Community Protection Notice under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.


Failure to comply with the notice may result in a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) being issued to the owner/occupier of the land.


Failure to pay the FPN will result in prosecution and owners can face fines of up to £2,500.

We will charge for all reasonable costs incurred to those properties where enforcement action is taken.

Report an untidy garden

You can help us keep the borough looking clean and tidy by reporting untidy or eyesore gardens.

The best way to contact us and report an untidy garden is to use our ‘Report an untidy (eyesore) garden’ online form.

To use the form, you need to be signed in to your Barking and Dagenham Council My Account. If you haven’t got a My Account, you can register for My Account.

The information you provide on the form below will be processed in line with our data protection policy.

Report an untidy garden
The enforcement process for an eyesore garden can take up to 6 months to fully investigate and resolve. We cannot provide updates on the process due to data protection rules.

Helping you to keep your garden tidy

If you have any waste that is too large to be placed into normal bins, contact us to book a time for a bulky waste collection.

Book a bulky waste collection

Alternatively, you can drop off certain items at our household waste recycling centre.

Report filthy and verminous premises

You can help us keep the borough clean and healthy by reporting filthy and verminous premises.

Filthy and verminous premises are properties that have rats, mice, insects or parasites in them, or they are in such a filthy condition as to be harmful to public health.

Such properties are sometimes caused by a person who is hoarding materials. An accumulation of waste or materials by hoarding can make access to premises difficult and may present a health, physical or fire risk to the occupants or adjoining premises.

The best way to contact us and report such premises is to use our ‘Report filthy and verminous premises’ online form.

To use the form, you need to be signed in to your Barking and Dagenham Council My Account. If you haven’t got a My Account, you can register for My Account.

Report filthy and verminous premises

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