Understanding noise nuisance

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.

What types of noise we can deal with

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:

  • Dogs
  • Building sites
  • Burglar and car alarms
  • Public houses and night clubs
  • Domestic and commercial premises

In order to gain evidence of a statutory nuisance, the team uses recording equipment and officer observations.

What types of noise we can't deal with

We have no powers to deal with noise that is from:

  • Traffic noise
  • Voices in the street
  • Aircraft
  • Trains

Generally noise from these sources will be dealt with by other government bodies (for example, the police or Leicestershire County Council)

Abatement notices

If it is established that the noise is causing a statutory nuisance, or 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. 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

For more information on how to make a complaint about a noise issue see report a noise problem to us or you can contact Environmental Health

Last updated: 19‎/‎09‎/‎2023‎ ‎12‎:‎06‎