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Protecting people and the environment

Conservation areas

A conservation area is an area of special architectural and historic interest. Great Yarmouth Borough Council has a duty to assess those areas that are considered to fall within the above definition and to name them as conservation areas.

Domestic Abuse

Domestic Abuse is any abusive behaviour between family members or people aged over 16 who are in a relationship with each other (or have been in the past).

Drains and drainage

Blocked drains can cause a number of problems.

Food safety

We are responsible for making sure the food produced, handled and sold in Great Yarmouth is safe, correctly labelled and meets legal requirements.

Neighbour nuisance

If someone is doing something that is seriously interfering with your right to enjoy your home and is affecting your wellbeing they may be guilty of statutory nuisance. Statutory nuisance is defined in the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and is a criminal offence.

Nuisance vehicles

Councils are only able to enforce regulations where parking restrictions exist. If there are no regulations in place but vehicles are parking in a dangerous position or in circumstances that cause an obstruction, then the Police should be asked to deal with the matter.

Pest control

Great Yarmouth Services Ltd, our operational partner, offers some services to control pests in domestic and commercial premises, including rodent treatment and insect infestations.

Overgrown gardens

Information and guidance relating to overgrown gardens and possible vermin infestation.


Get advice on various pollution related issues from water quality / air quality and contaminated land to industrial pollution and detailed information on permits for industrial processes

Protecting trees and hedgerows

Certain trees, groups of trees or woodland are protected to main areas of natural beauty or importance. Find out which trees are protected by Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) and how to apply for permission to carry out work on protected trees.

Public Spaces Protection Orders

Current Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) issued by Great Yarmouth Borough Council in respect of anti-social behaviour.

Report a street problem

Information on how to report graffiti, fly posting, abandoned vehicles, stray dogs or dog fouling.

Climate change and sustainability

Great Yarmouth's coastal geographical location makes it extremely vulnerable to sea level rise caused by climate change. Find out what climate change and sustainability are, why they are important to us, what the council is doing about it and what you can do to help.

Community safety

We work closely with the Police, Norfolk County Council and other groups to improve community safety in the Borough.

The Norfolk County Community Safety Partnership NCCSP

Great Yarmouth Borough Council is part of Norfolk's Countywide Community Safety Partnership (NCCSP) which is made up of all of Norfolk's district councils, Norfolk County Council, Police, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioners for Norfolk along with others, who are committed to working in partnership with victims and communities to tackle crime, antisocial behaviour and community safety.

What can I do if my neighbours are smoking Cannabis?

Cannabis is a Class B controlled drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. As such, it is unlawful to possess, supply, produce, import, or export this drug except under a Home Office license. It is also an offence to cultivate any Cannabis plant except under a Home Office license. This document provides details on what you can do if a neighbour is smoking cannabis.

What can be done about problem gulls?

The Council has no responsibility to control gulls in the wild or on private properties. However, a strategy has been produced around education with the aim of reducing the gulls' access to food. It is hoped that the removal of food sources will result in a reduction in the overall numbers of urban gulls. Gulls are wild birds and as such are not 'kept' by any individual, therefore there is no action that can be taken by the Council under statutory nuisance legislation.

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