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Sanitary Nuisances

Florida Department of Health in Manatee County

Environmental Health investigates complaints of sanitary nuisances that can affect health as defined in Florida Statute 386.041.

Sanitary nuisances include:

  • Untreated or improperly treated human waste, garbage, offal, dead animals or dangerous waste materials from manufacturing processes
  • Air pollutants, gasses and very bad odors that are harmful to human or animal life
  • Improperly built or maintained septic tanks, water closets or privies
  • Keeping diseased animals dangerous to human health
  • Unclean or filthy places where animals are slaughtered
  • Any condition capable of breeding flies, mosquitoes or other arthropods capable of transmitting diseases to humans
  • Any act or condition which may cause disease

When a sanitary nuisance is found to exist, a notice is issued giving a reasonable time for correction based on the severity of the condition.  If correction is not completed, legal action is taken. Failure to comply is considered a second degree misdemeanor.

If you have a concern about a possible sanitary nuisance, please call our office at 941-714-7593.