Understanding noise nuisance
Noise is unwanted sound; whether too loud, intrusive or just at inappropriate times. Noise affects people differently but it has been linked to insomnia, irritability and stress.
Under a number of pieces of legislation, including the Environmental Protection Act 1990, we have powers to investigate and resolve noise nuisance.
These powers cover noise from:
- Building sites
- Burglar and car alarms
- Public houses and night clubs
- Domestic and commercial premises
If it is established that the noise is causing a statutory nuisance, that it is noise that interferes with the use or enjoyment of property, then a noise abatement notice can be served on the person causing the nuisance.
In order to gain evidence of a statutory nuisance, the team uses recording equipment and officer observations.
We have no powers to deal with noise that is from:
- Traffic noise
- Voices in the street
Generally, noise from these sources will be dealt with by other government bodies (for example, the police or Leicestershire County Council).
If an abatement notice is ignored and a nuisance continues, then the person responsible can be prosecuted and fined up to £5000. In addition, equipment capable of causing the nuisance can be seized and a forfeiture order granted by the court which means it would not be returned.
How to make a noise complaint
Last updated: 19/09/2017 10:25