There can be little doubt that one of the most useful tools available to the Environmental Health Officer is the statutory notice. A wide range of statutes provide for the service of legally enforceable notices under many differing circumstances. There are very sound reasons for this form of enforcement mechanism. The enforcement method of EHOs and others involved in environmental regulation has been typified by an informal regulatory approach. It is an approach which, as identified by Hutter (1988), relies on negotiation, bargaining, education and advice to secure compliance.1 Such an approach is certainly not unique to Environmental Health Officers and has been found to apply to others ...