Our streets should soon become cleaner, safer and quieter, claims Birmingham solicitors Williamson & Soden.
It follows the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 which came into force in April.
But will councils bother to use the new powers?
The regulations are concerned with noise, litter, flyposting, graffiti, dogs and rubbish, including fly-tipping.
Burglar alarms that continue ringing for more than 20 minutes are a major nuisance for residents, especially at holiday times.
Under the new rules, local authorities can designate neighbourhoods as Alarm Notification Areas and force homeowners to advise them of alternative key holders.
Anyone who does not nominate a key holder or who refuses to assist when an alarm needs to be silenced will be committing an offence. In certain circumstances, authorised council officers will be able to obtain a court order to enter a property in order to silence the alarm system.
Flyposting is a nuisance but also raises concerns over road safety, as motorists can be easily distracted by unauthorised posters.
Now, councils are equipped to tackle flyposting more effectively as they have powers not only to access land and remove illegally displayed bills, but also to recover the costs from the person who put them there.
If that individual cannot be identified, local authorities are entitled to recoup the removal costs from the person or company whose services or goods are being advertised.
As for rubbish, local authorities and the Environment Agency can now serve notice on owners to remove flytipped waste, while fixed penalty notices can be issued in relation to the use or nonuse of refuse bins for waste disposal.
On-the-spot fines of up to £100 are likely to be levied on residents who leave domestic rubbish on the roadside or pavement on a day when refuse collectors are not due to call.
Control orders have replaced byelaws enabling local authorities and parish councils to deal more effectively with fouling by dogs.
The regulations also ban dogs from certain areas, require dogs to be on a lead and restrict the number of dogs that can be walked by one individual. Offences incur an on the spot fine of up to £80.
Finally, the Act gives local authorities new powers to erect barriers to restrict access to paths and alleys in order to prevent nuisance.
Gating Orders will be implemented in minor alleyways which are hotspots for crime or encourage anti-social behaviour that adversely affects local residents or businesses.
"The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act is considered a major shake up of local environment quality legislation even though some of the provisions simply enhance existing powers which have not been used to great effect up to now," said property specialist Louisa Jakeman.
"While Defra says it will monitor how the Act is being implemented and work with poor performing authorities to improve standards, it remains to be seen to what extent councils will use these new powers."