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Sources of Noise Nuisance

Neighbourhood Noise

Excessive noise from neighbours can be frustrating and can cause a lot of unnecessary stress and worry. In many cases, the person making the noise is unaware that they are causing a problem and therefore the problem can be sorted out quite quickly. Neighbourhood Noise can include loud music, barking dogs, DIY, and burglar alarms.

Where this approach fails we can serve a notice on the offending party requiring them to abate the nuisance. If such a notice is not complied with then legal action can follow.

Commercial Noise

Noise from commercial premises is often dealt with in the same way as that from domestic premises.

However, in some cases we may not need to prove a statutory nuisance where the premises hold a Public Entertainment Licence. These licences are issued in order to ensure that the disturbance caused to the general public is kept to a minimum. Action can be taken against premises that operate outside of its licensing agreement.

Construction sites are a very common source of noise pollution. They are often in areas which were quiet beforehand and, therefore, the noise generated by their activities is very noticeable. Construction noise is an anticipated part of a development and therefore a restriction on working hours is often prescribed as part of the planning permission.

Commercial noise can include:

  • Industrial premises (e.g. compressors, fans and movement of vehicles)

  • Construction sites (e.g. drilling, sawing, demolition, early morning delivery of materials)

  • Pubs and clubs (e.g. loud music, emptying of bottles at unsociable hours, refrigeration fans)

Traffic Noise

Traffic noise is excluded from Part III of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, which means that we have no direct responsibility in relation to noise from traffic.

Street and off-street Noise

This can include car alarms, loudspeakers, mobile generators, scrambling bikes, banger racing, model cars.

Barking Dogs

Excessive noise from barking dogs can be frustrating and can cause a lot of unnecessary stress and worry. In many cases, the person who owns the dog(s) is unaware that they are causing a problem and therefore the problem can be sorted out quite quickly.

Where this approach fails we can serve a notice on the offending party requiring them to abate the nuisance. If such a notice is not complied with then legal action can follow.

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. Find out more about health and safety at work.

Fireworks

Environmental Protection Services can only deal with noise complaints from fireworks if the fireworks are being set off from a property on a regular basis. If the fireworks are being set off in the street then this is a Police matter.

For further information on fireworks please see the following:

Complaining about noise

To complain about noise, do not contact emergency services on 999. Details of who to complain to can be found on our Complaining about noise page.