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What is a public health nuisance?
A public health nuisance is defined by Minnesota law as any activity or failure to act that adversely affects public health.  Ramsey County has adopted a public health nuisance ordinance



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Examples that could result in a public health nuisance citation are:


- Improperly stored solid waste, such as rotting garbage or dead animals.

- Insect or rodent infestations.

- Evidence of a meth lab or other clandestine drug manufacturing.

- Unsafe living situations (lack of sewage disposal or garbage house) that  

   affect children and vulnerable adults. 


Please note:  Clutter or general poor housekeeping is not considered a public health nuisance.  Accumulations of clothing, household goods, magazines or other examples of hoarding behavior are not necessarily a public health nuisance.


How do I report a public health nuisance?  
If you have any questions or concerns, call 651.266.1199 or AskEH.


What is the difference between a public health nuisance and a public nuisance?
A public health nuisance is generally related to conditions that may affect one's health or cause a disease, whereas public nuisances 
tend to be non-health related conditions.


Examples of public nuisances include:

   - Excessive noise
   - O
pen wells

   - Animal control issues

   - Long grass

   - Leaking roof in a rental property, etc.  

How do I report a public nuisance?

If you have any questions or concerns regarding a public nuisance, call the city or township in which you live.


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