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Noise Disturbance

Excessive noise can make life a misery. Noisy neighbours, noise from industry or construction sites and barking dogs are just some of the problems that can be experienced. Everyone has a different tolerance to noise.

What we have to remember is that no house or flat is totally sound proof, everybody must expect some noise from their neighbours and we are all affected by noise from our neighbours from time to time.

How can I deal with noise problems?

Talk about it: Although it may sound obvious, simply talking to your neighbours may resolve the problem. Most people are unaware that they are causing a nuisance and if you don't tell them, who will?

Talk to the council: If you feel you can't approach your neighbours or if there is still a problem talk to us using our Noise Advice and Complaint form

Taking your own action: If you have been disturbed by noise and have been unable to resolve the problem, either informally or through the noise team, then you may want to take further action. If you want to take your own action through the courts you can. If the noise is persistent it might be a good idea to keep a log of the disturbances.

Noise at work

Over 1 million employees in Great Britain are exposed to levels of noise which put their hearing at risk.

Hearing loss caused by work is preventable but once your hearing has gone it won't come back. The Health and Safety Executive provide guidance on Noise at work.

:: more on Health and Safety at work

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Complaining about a noise

Often the best way to deal with unwanted noise is to talk to the person or company responsible and point out the problem.

If your approach is unsuccessful, or you do not feel it is appropriate, then you can complaining about a noise to the Council.

Sources of noise

There are a number of different sources of noise nuisance including:

  • Neighbourhood noise (e.g loud music)
  • Commercial noise
  • Traffic noise
  • Barking dogs
  • Fire Works

Statutory noise nuisance

Statutory Nuisance is generally regarded as a substantial interference with a person’s legitimate use and enjoyment of their land.

Everyone has a duty to avoid causing statutory noise nuisance that will adversely affect another person.