Noise and Nuisance
Bothered by Noise? There's no need to suffer
- About this booklet
- Approaching your neighbour
- Complaining to your local authority
- Complaining to a magistrates' court
- Useful contacts
This booklet gives you useful information on how to deal with noise problems.
It is a fact of life that we all make noise: whether we are talking to others, playing music, entertaining, driving in our cars or just going about our daily business. What is a noise to one person may be pleasurable to another. But too much noise can reduce people's quality of life and, in some extreme cases, even destroy it entirely.
If noise is upsetting your life, this booklet can show you ways you may be able to deal with the problem.
This booklet is only a guide to neighbour noise issues. It is up to each person to think about the risk to their personal safety and property before approaching any situation.
This leaflet was developed in conjunction with an advertising campaign run by the environmental charity Encams in summer 2006. For more information on the campaign visit www.noiseconcern.org
The advice here applies to England only and is a guide to your rights and what you can expect your local authority to do. It is not a full explanation of the law and should not be used for legal advice.
If you live in Scotland or Wales, you can get similar advice from:
Telephone: 08457 741 741
National Assembly for Wales
Telephone: 029 2082 3683
The penalties and fines mentioned in this text change from time to time.
Page last modified: 6 November 2009
Page published: 9 January 2002