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.