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 – Section 82 – Update

Taking Your Own Action – The Statistics Statistics from the Ministry of Justice were previously obtained by noisenuisance.org relating to statutory nuisance prosecutions. Some of the figures stood out, particularly in relation to the use of s.82 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. (Section 82 provides for persons aggrieved by a nuisance to apply forContinue reading “Noise – Section 82 – Update”

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”

Taking your own action

Noisy Neighbours Law – Going it Alone Whilst we would always advise using your local authority service before resorting to taking your own action against the perpetrator of the noise, there are other options available to you. Included in the range of noisy neighbours law is the “section 82” option. Section 82 of the Environmental ProtectionContinue reading “Taking your own action”

Is mediation a possibility?

Noise and Mediation You may wish to consider talking through your differences with your neighbour and coming to an amicable solution to the problem. You should always approach your neighbours in a calm and constructive way; and avoid conflict. If you are not in a position to talk directly to your neighbour or if relationsContinue reading “Is mediation a possibility?”

Noise Complaint Investgation Process

Environmental Health – The Noise Police If you are suffering from noise pollution you can usually complain directly to your local authority environmental health department (who are in most areas have the noise police role). In the majority of cases, your local police force do not enforce the specific noise legislation. However, they can beContinue reading “Noise Complaint Investgation Process”

Permitted noise levels

Maximum Permitted Noise Level Contrary to popular belief there is no maximum permitted noise level that needs to be exceeded for noise to be categorised as a ‘nuisance’. Statutory nuisance legislation is routinely implemented and enforced by local authorities. Investigating officers will sometimes use sound level meters to help them assess nuisance but for most casesContinue reading “Permitted noise levels”

What is a statutory nuisance?

What is a Statutory Nuisance Anyway?! When assessing the potential for nuisance the investigating officer will need to base his judgement on a number of factors. These include: •    How loud the noise is and how long it lasts•    How intrusive it is•    How frequent the intrusion is•    Whether it is a one-off or continuingContinue reading “What is a statutory nuisance?”