What is a public health nuisance?

A public health nuisance, defined by Minnesota Statue 145A, is any activity or failure to act that adversely affects the public health. Examples of a public health nuisance include:

  • Accumulation of human or animal feces
  • Accumulation of solid waste
  • Evidence of rodent or insect infestation
  • Lack of water or sewage disposal
  • Rotting food waste

It is important to know and realize that a “messy” or “cluttered” home is not necessarily a public health nuisance. To investigate a public health nuisance, we need first-hand knowledge of the situation. We do not investigate rumors or anonymous complaints. A public health nuisance is different from a public nuisance or a code violation. Examples of a public nuisance or a code violation are long grass and/or parking on the grass.

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1. What food establishments need a permit?
2. How do I apply for a food establishment, public swimming pool, or lodging permit?
3. What is the cost for a permit?
4. How do I report a food-borne illness?
5. What is a public health nuisance?
6. What to do about mold in your home?
7. Does my swimming pool need a license?