Posted 15.03.2018

Noise Nuisance - What should I do?

The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 defines anti-social behaviour as acting in a manner that has "caused or was likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household" as the perpetrator.

Examples of anti-social behaviour include:

  • Nuisance, rowdy or inconsiderate neighbours
  • Vandalism, graffiti and fly-posting
  • Street drinking
  • Environmental damage including littering, dumping of rubbish and abandonment of cars
  • Prostitution related activity
  • Begging and vagrancy
  • Fireworks misuse
  • Inconsiderate or inappropriate use of vehicles

The most common forms of anti-social behaviour is noise nuisance. A one off party, children playing in the street, a dog barking occasionally, babies crying or toilets flushing are not examples of anti-social behaviour. However, regularly playing loud music and other household noise at an inappropriate volume and loud noises between 11pm-7am is considered a noise disturbance.

Top Tips for dealing with a noise disturbance.

1.    Do not retaliate. If your neighbour played music too loudly at 2am one morning, don’t start hoovering at 5am the next day and so on, as this will likely escalate the problem. You will also find it difficult to get help from the authorities to end the problem if you do this, as there is fault on both sides.

2.    Speak to your neighbour. Often, the neighbour might not know how loud they are being or how much the sound carries. Try making them aware that the noise is disturbing you and they might be more considerate in future.

3.    Keep a record. You can download an incident diary from our anti-social behaviour page. Note the date and time of the noise, describe what the noise is, how long it lasts and how it made you feel. This will help build evidence for your case.

4.    Download and use The Noise App. The Noise App is a free app that records evidence and sends it straight to the reviewer. More information about the app is available here.

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