Noise from Neighbours – Loud Parties

Noisy Party? – Noise from Neighbours Have you got a problem with noise from neighbours? Is this a one-off or are your neighbours regular party animals? One-off birthday celebrations, such as 21st or 60th birthday parties, are normally accepted as consequence of everyday life and behaviour. Local authorities are more likely to take action againstContinue reading “Noise from Neighbours – Loud Parties”

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 little one could do about it!). However, noise from domestic or farmed birds do sometimesContinue reading “Cockerels & Other Birds”

Noise from Concerts & Festivals

Noise from Concerts and Festivals Summer brings with it the potential for noise from concerts and festivals. Outdoor events have increased in popularity in recent years. 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 beContinue reading “Noise from Concerts & Festivals”

Noise from DIY activities

From time to time people it is inevitable that neighbours will need to complete maintenance tasks on property, improve living conditions or change decor. Most people can accept a certain amount of noise generated from DIY activity, even during evenings or at weekends, so DIY generally does not become a problem unless it: Continues overContinue reading “Noise from DIY activities”

Noise from Intruder Alarms

Where noise from intruder alarms becomes a problem, i.e. when they malfunction or sound continuously, they need to be switched off to prevent prolonged disturbance. This can be particularly problematic at night. Having access to key-holder details can speed the process up and prevent the need for enforcement action. However, local authorities often face difficultiesContinue reading “Noise from Intruder Alarms”

Noise from Fireworks

Noise from Fireworks at Night Fireworks regulations restrict the level of noise from fireworks to 120dB. Trading Standards officers will check this limit through the manufacturers. The larger more powerful display fireworks are only allowed to be possessed by professionals; whereas it is an offence for anyone under the age of 18 to be soldContinue reading “Noise from Fireworks”

Noise from Sexual Activity

Complaints of this nature are more common than you might think. Regularity will pose more of an annoyance factor; particularly if plenty of stamina is involved. Time of day also increases the likelyhood for such activity to be more intrusive – as this tends to be more of a late night activity any screaming, moaning,Continue reading “Noise from Sexual Activity”

Noisy Pub or Club

How to deal with a Noisy Pub or Club Whether it is live music, recorded music or patron noise the noisy pub or club can be a common cause for concern (particularly in mixed commercial/residential areas). In recent years enforcement officers and complainants have been blamed for the closure of some pubs and clubs (andContinue reading “Noisy Pub or Club”

Control of noise on construction sites

Control of Noise from Building Sites Section 60 of the Control of Pollution Act 1974 refers to noise caused through the construction, repair or demolition of buildings. It provides discretionary powers to the local authority which enable them to serve a notice specifying how those works are to be carried out in terms of theContinue reading “Control of noise on construction sites”