Volume VI
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Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Certain acts made offences.

3. Notice to the owner or occupier to abate the nuisance.

4. Markets may be visited and unwholesome meat seized and destroyed.

5. What manufactories must be licensed.

6. Board of Health may make by-laws.

7. By-laws to be taken judicial notice.

8. Short particulars of offences and penalties to be published.

9. Breach of by-laws made an offence.

10. Other nuisances not affected by this Ordinance.

11. Service of notices.

12. Board of Health, Urban Council, Town Council, or Magistrate may abate nuisances.

13. Occupier may execute works in default of owner.

14. Occupier executing works for owner may deduct his expenses from the rent.

15. Course if occupier obstruct owner.

16. Power to enter into lands.

17. Obstruction of Board of Health or Magistrate, or their officers.

18. Informer's share.

19. Limitation of prosecutions.

20. Police officer to assist.

21. Interpretation.


15 of 1862,

61 of 1939,

3 of 1946,

57 of 1946.

AN ORDINANCE to provide for the better preservation of public health and the suppression of Nuisances.

[Date of Commencement: 1st January, 1863]

1. Short title.

This Ordinance may be cited as the Nuisances Ordinance.

2. Certain acts made offences.

Whosoever shall commit any of the following offences shall be liable to a fine not exceeding fifty rupees—

(1) Keeping a house filthy state.

Whosoever, being the owner or occupier of any house, building, or land in or near any road, street, or public thoroughfare, whether tenantable or otherwise, shall keep or suffer the same to be in a filthy and unwholesome state, or overgrown with rank and noisome vegetation, so as to be a nuisance to or injurious to the health of any person.

(2) Having foul and offensive drains.

Whosoever shall have in or upon any house building, or land occupied by him any foul or offensive ditch, gutter, drain, privy, cesspool, or other receptacle.

(3) Keeping an accumulation of dung.

Whosoever, being the occupier of a house, building, or land in or near any road, street, or public thoroughfare, shall keep or allow to be kept for more than twenty-four hours, otherwise than in some proper receptacle any accumulation of dung, offal, filth, refuse, or other noxious or offensive matter, or suffer such receptacle to be in a filthy or noxious state, or neglect to employ proper means to remove the filth therefrom and to cleanse and purify the same.

(4) Keeping cattle, goats, swine.

Whosoever shall keep in or upon any house, building, or land occupied by him any cattle, goat, swine, or other animal, so as to be a nuisance to or injurious to the health of any person.

(5) Allowing house to be in a state ruinous or likely to fall.

Whosoever, being the owner of a house, building, or wall, shall allow the same to be in a ruinous state, or in any way dangerous to the inhabitants of such house or building, or to the neighbouring houses or buildings, or to the occupiers thereof or to passengers.

(6) Suffering waste or stagnant water to remain.

Whosoever shall suffer any waste or stagnant water or other matter to remain in any place within the premises occupied by him, or shall allow the contents of any privy or cesspool to overflow or soak therefrom.

(7) Casting animals, dirt in streams.

Whosoever shall throw, put, or cast, or cause to enter in any stream, tank, reservoir, well, cistern, conduit or aqueduct, any dead animal, or any dirt, rubbish, filth, or other noisome or offensive matter or thing, or shall cause or suffer to run, drain, or be brought their into any unwholesome or offensive liquid, matter, or thing, or flowing from any house or building or from any ground occupied by him, or shall do anything whereby any such water shall be in any degree fouled or corrupted.

(8) Exposing for sale unwholesome meal.

Whosoever shall keep in any market, shop, building, stall, or place used for the sale of butchers' meat, poultry, fish, fruit, or vegetable, or expose or shall allow to be exposed for sale in any place or way any animal, car case, meat, poultry, game, flesh, fish, fruit, or vegetable which is unfit for the food of man.

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