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Nuisance Noise Monitoring Resources

Local authorities must look into complaints about noise that could be a ‘statutory nuisance’ (covered by the Environmental Protection Act 1990).

For a noise to form a statutory nuisance it must fall under one of the following:

  • unreasonably and substantially interfere with the use or enjoyment of a home or other premises

  • injure health or be likely to injure health

These commonly arise from domestic noise sources, such as loud music, barking dogs, burglar alarms and late-night parties; Commercial Noise, such as factory noise, fan noise, chiller noise, delivery noise, construction site noise and music from pubs and clubs and also Street Noise that include car alarms, ice cream chimes, machinery operating in the road and the use of loudspeakers.

CIEH Publications on Noise

For your convenience we have provided links to the CEIH guidance on noise monitoring and control

Application Notes, Case Studies and Glossaries for Statutory Nuisance Noise Monitoring

Wiltshire Council Housing Services - Nuisance Noise Case Study

Hull Council's new 24 hour Noise Nuisance Officer - Case Study

Keeping the peace in Wakefield - Case Study

Newham Council turns the volume down on noise nuisance - Case Study

A Guide to Noise Measurement Terminology

A Guide to Occupational Noise Measurement Terminology

A Guide to Environmental Noise Measurement Terminology