Noise Investigation Process – Timeline

Noise Investigation Process – Timeline

Noise from Neighbours – Investigation Process This model describes the investigation process involving a typical case of noise from neighbours in a local authority (typically, an environmental health department, and sets out a rough expectation for benchmarks. We think it is…

Qualifications and Competence

Qualifications and Competence

In a recent noise enforcement forum questions were raised over the use of unqualified and inexperienced personnel to investigate and make determinations of statutory nuisance on behalf of local authorities. In particular, concerns centred around the possibility of legal challenges…

Summary of the Main Legislation

Summary of the Main Legislation

The following provides a brief summary of the main specific noise pollution laws invoked in relation to neighbourhood noise and nuisance issues. STATUTORY NUISANCES Section 79 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 lists two statutory nuisances relating to noise: (a)    Noise…

Cockerels & Other Birds

Cockerels & Other Birds

Noisy Birds, Crowing Cockerels & Peacocks Most male birds make some noise, particularly at dawn. Whilst wild bird song can be particularly loud noisy birds are not generally accepted as a problem (and even if it were there would be…

Dancing with the Grim RIPA

Dancing with the Grim RIPA

RECENT CHANGES There have been some recent changes to the way that local authorities go about surveillance activities. The provisions brought about by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 tighten surveillance authorisation procedures and further restrict the ability to conduct…

Concerts & Festivals

Concerts & Festivals

Most large concerts and festivals will require a premises licence to operate (issued under the Licensing Act 2003). That will stipulate the times at which live music can be played and may also list a number of other conditions relating…