What can be done about noise nuisance?

We receive a large number of noise complaints each year. Complaints are typically made regarding noise from barking dogs, loud music, shouting, banging doors, DIY, construction and noise from industrial and commercial premises.

No property is totally soundproof and everyday living will give rise to noise from time to time. It is normal to hear some noise from your neighbours, and they from you, but sometimes this can go beyond what is ‘normal’. If the noise levels become unreasonable they may constitute a statutory nuisance.

Under Section 79 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, we have powers to deal with statutory noise nuisance. Usually the noise will need to be coming from private land or property to allow us to act, but there are some exceptions to this, for example car alarms from cars parked on the road.