Can you sunbathe naked in your own garden? What the law says
While the temperatures aren’t skyrocketing just yet, it’s important to know the rules when sunbathing – especially if you plan on stripping down to avoid tan lines.
Nick Ross, Law Lecturer at ULaw, explains: “It may come as a surprise that topless sunbathing is perfectly legal in the UK for both men and women.
“Full public nudity is also not a crime, but only if the person undressing has no intention of causing alarm or distress. There are specific offenses related to intentional exposure.”
It is not a crime under the law to be naked in public, but it may be a crime to alarm or alarm others.
That means you’re welcome to sunbathe naked in your own backyard – as long as it doesn’t upset your neighbors.
The current law states: “In the absence of a sexual context and the individual’s intention regarding nudity is not to arouse alarm or distress, it is usually appropriate not to take any action unless the public has been insulted. ” , alarm or distress (as opposed to considering the likelihood of it).”
So if you live in the country and no one is looking at your yard, go ahead, but you might want to think again if you live close to others.
Also, it is recommended that people planning to sunbathe naked inform their neighbors first.
Nick added: “For those who want to enjoy some sun in the garden, the same rules still apply.
“It’s wise to let the neighbors know what you’re planning to do or to shield part of the garden from view so you don’t cause unnecessary shock or have to call the police.”
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