Statutory nuisance

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A statutory nuisance is an act defined to be a Nuisance by a particular piece of legislation. There is a large body of legislation which, for example, controls the disposal of waste and the emission of polluting substances. Commission of a statutory nuisance may, or may not, amount to a crime; even if it does not, it does not usually fall to the private citizen to act against the offender, even if he has suffered the nuisance. Instead, the legislation will usually set out who is responsible for enforcing it, and what penalties are available. The criteria for deciding whether an action can be brought by a private citizen are essentially the same as for any other BreachOfStatutoryDuty.