Avoiding noise complaints

Noise nuisance has a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of those affected. Many factors affect this; frequency, time of day, location, duration and how many people are affected. It is a statutory nuisance at any time, day or night.

Tips to Avoid Noise Complaints

  • Enforcement action can be taken for noise nuisance at any time. There are no set “acceptable” times for noise nuisance, for example before 11pm.However, noise should be significantly reduced after 10pm. 
  • Some people are also more sensitive to noise nuisance than others, (for example, the elderly, people who are unwell and families with young kids). Find out who your neighbours are and whether they are more sensitive to noise. 
  • Noise nuisance isn’t just about large all-night house parties and playing loud music. It can also include loud music at any time, raised voices (including when travelling to and from the property, waiting for taxis, and when smoking outside) practising a musical instrument and any other avoidable noise. This includes noise caused by any guests or visitors that may be in or around a property.
  • A one-off party as well as regular antisocial noise disturbances, even at weekends, are likely to result in complaints and enforcement action.
  • Do not use professional sound systems at any time. It is not possible to keep noise to acceptable levels using professional equipment. 
  • Before organising a house party call around to your neighbours to check that its okay. If they don’t want you to go ahead with your party, book a licensed venue to hold it. Do not go ahead and host a house party.
  • Visitors and guests should be kept to reasonable and low numbers to keep noise to acceptable levels.
  • Avoid social gatherings in your garden and outside spaces after 10pm.
  • Keeping doors and windows closed, especially in warm weather, will help to limit noise from travelling 
  • If you or any guests are outside (e.g. having a BBQ, playing sports in the street, smoking or waiting for taxis) please keep the volume to a minimum.
  • Keep equipment away from adjoining walls and raised off the floor.
  • If you play a musical instrument or are a budding DJ, speak to your housemates and neighbours and agree a time that you can practice without disturbing them or book rehearsal rooms. Use earphones if you want to practice on your decks.
  • The use of DIY sound proofing, such as cardboard, are ineffective at keeping noise to acceptable levels.
  • If you do get a visit from a neighbour, Police or Council Officer, follow their instructions to reduce noise levels and remain calm. Failure to respond to requests to address a nuisance and politely will lead to enforcement action being taken.