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.

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

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
  • Aircraft
  • Trains

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

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

Last updated: ‎19‎/‎09‎/‎2017‎ ‎10‎:‎25