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Noise Pollution

Excessive and unreasonable noise can make someone's life a misery.

Noise Pollution

The World Health Organisation simply defines noise as 'unwanted sound'. Excessive and unreasonable noise detrimentally affects people's health and well-being.

Below are some examples of types of noise that are likely to have a detrimental effect on the health, well-being and quality of life of those in the locality. They may constitute anti-social behaviour and may also be statutory noise nuisances:

  • Music and speech from a Hi-Fi or television operated at excessive volume
  • Shouting and raised voices for prolonged periods
  • Dogs barking for prolonged periods
  • DIY activities at unreasonable times
  • Burglar alarms that develop faults and sound repeatedly or do not cut out after 20 minutes
  • Vehicle alarms that develop faults and sound repeatedly
  • Music 'breakout' from licensed premises such as pubs and nightclubs
  • Noise from industrial and commercial processes and activities which are not using 'Best Practicable Means' to control or minimise noise
  • Noise from demolition or construction sites occurring at unreasonable times, or from un-silenced or poorly maintained equipment, or from not using 'Best Practicable Means' to control or minimise noise

Be a good neighbour, not a noisy neighbour!

Be a good neighbour, not a noisy neighbour!

We all have neighbours and studies show that having a positive, mutually respectful relationship with our neighbours is good for our health, wellbeing, community resilience and security.

To build and maintain a good relationship with neighbours it is important to think about how our actions and behaviour that generates noise that carries beyond our homes might disturb and, in some circumstances distress, them.

For example if your property is attached to your neighbour’s ensure you carry out chores that may be clearly audible and disturbing to your neighbours such as vacuuming, or using the washing machine to reasonable times, e.g. during the day, and consider the volume at which you listen to music or watch television in the evening or late at night as it might prevent or disturb your neighbours sleep.

Noise from parties and friends/guests leaving parties late at night are one of the most common complaints received by local authorities and police and how you organise and manage noise from parties/guests to minimise its impact on neighbours is very important.

The following guidelines will help you enjoy your party without annoying anyone else.

If at all possible try to hold your party in a room or venue where neighbours will not hear the music.

If you are having a party at home, be aware of where your property is situated e.g. in flats be aware that you haver neighbours above and below as well as next to you.

Remember, the more often you have a party, the more likely people are to be disturbed and therefore likely to complain.

Warn neighbours, near and far, that a party is to take place.

If possible give a telephone number where you can be contacted so that neighbours can let you know if it is too loud (remember it can be worrying for your neighbours to knock on your door or make their way through a garden full of guests to complain). Alternatively, why not invite the neighbours?

Give your neighbours a finishing time, make it reasonable and stick to it.

Make sure that you know your guests and that you can trust them, as you will be responsible for them

Invite a suitable number of guests for the size of your property.

Think about where you position the speakers. Keep them away from party walls and off the floor if you live in a flat. Do not point them at windows and do not have them out in the garden

Try to start the party early so that you can finish early.

Keep doors and windows closed so the noise does not travel.

Finally, it is completely unreasonable to hold any large scale parties e.g. ‘start of term/end of term parties’ in domestic properties. Aside from causing a noise nuisance there are also risks to revellers from the property’s floors collapsing when large numbers of people are jumping up and down to music.

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Noise from a Nuisance Alarm

If you are being affected by noise from a nuisance alarm, and know that it is due to a fault and not a break-in. Please call the Community Protection Service Centre on 0115 915 2020 (Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm)

or email us: cpservicecentre@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

A Community Protection Officer ('CPO') will be tasked to investigate the alarm and contact the owner or occupier to arrange for the alarm to be switched off or reset. For externally sounding alarms, where the person responsible cannot be found quickly then the CPO will arrange for the alarm to be silenced under the provisions of sections 77 and 79 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.

If the alarm is an internal alarm and the person responsible cannot be found quickly, then the CPO will refer the case to the Environmental Health and Safer Places Team who will serve Notice on the person responsible under the provisions of section 80 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 before applying to the Court to obtain a warrant to enter the property using reasonable force to silence the alarm. Please note that resolving this type of alarm incident will inevitably be a longer process.

Make a Complaint about Noise from a Commercial, Industrial or Licensed Premises or Activity

Unreasonable level of music from premises such as pubs and nightclubs or unreasonable noise from industrial, commercial, construction or demolition processes or activities which are not using 'Best Practicable Means' to control or minimise noise may have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality and may also be statutory noise nuisances

If you are affected by unreasonable noise from any of these commercial, industrial or licensed premises or activities please contact the Environmental Health and Safer Places Team on 0115 915 2020 (Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm)
or email us: cpservicecentre@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Noise from a Domestic Neighbour

If you are being disturbed by noise from a neighbour firstly consider approaching them yourself and explaining in a polite and constructive manner that you are being disturbed by their noise and explain how it is affecting you. You may find this difficult but often people are unaware that they are causing a problem and most will be glad to do what they can to reduce noise. However, approach the matter carefully if you think your neighbour might react angrily to a complaint.

Domestic noise includes: dogs barking, shouting, loud music, DIY and burglar alarms

If are a Nottingham City Council resident (you pay your Council Tax to Nottingham City Council) and you are affected by domestic noise please contact the Community Protection Service Centre on 0115 915 2020 (Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm) or email us: cpservicecentre@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Nottingham City Council’s Community Protection Service has made special arrangements with Nottinghamshire Police for dealing with ASB noise and so if you are affected by loud music/parties outside of these hours, and you pay your Council Tax to Nottingham City Council, you can call the Police non-emergency number 101.

Community Protection and Nottinghamshire Police have powers to investigate persistent and unreasonable noise which is having a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality. If evidence is obtained of unreasonable or intrusive noise, either by directly witnessing the noise or by using noise recording equipment an enforcement notice may be issued (either a Community Protection Notice under the provisions of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and / or a Noise Abatement Notice under the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1990). If an enforcement notice is breached, prosecution may result and equipment

Noise arising from domestic violence incidents or other violent confrontations must be reported to the Police on 999. Please do not call 999 except in an emergency.

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