Odour complaints

When investigating an odour complaint, Brisbane City Council considers the:

  • amount of odour being emitted
  • duration and rate of emission and the odour's characteristics and qualities
  • sensitivity of the environment into which the odour is being emitted and the impact that it has had or may have
  • views of any other neighbours or complainants.

Ways you can reduce odour emissions include:

  • keep your property tidy and don't allow vegetation or rubbish to accumulate
  • consider weather conditions before starting work that will create odour, for example when using fertiliser
  • enclose or cover compost bins and piles of vegetation.

Backyard burning is not allowed in Brisbane City Council area.

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How to lodge a complaint

Find out how to lodge a complaint about an environmental nuisance issue.

Last updated:7 June 2019