Nuisance, animals and pests

Light and smell nuisance

Get information on statutory nuisance, artificial light and smells.


Get advice on how to use fireworks safely and legally. Understand what regulations apply to fireworks and apply for a licence if you wish to store fireworks or explosives.

Contaminated land

See the contaminated land register for information about sites in Reading, read about the contaminated land strategy and get information about developing contaminated land.

Japanese knotweed

The Council does not have a service to identify and treat Japanese knotweed on private property, only Council-owned land. Find out what you can do.


The Council asks residents NOT to have bonfires due the nuisance they cause to neighbours, as well as their impact on respiratory health and air quality.

Private water supplies

Find out how to tell us if you have water supplies on private land.