Noise nuisance

If you are having a problem with noise such as loud music, noisy pubs, rowdy parties or barking dogs the information below will advise on the best agency to deal with your complaint.

Noisy neighbours

In the first instance we would advise that you approach your neighbour directly in an attempt to resolve the situation. If you have already tried this, you should contact the Environmental Health Officers at yourlocal authority. Some local authorities have all night cover but this may be restricted to certain days of the week such as weekends when demand is highest.

For long term problems, you may be asked to keep a diary of the noise and given some equipment to record the noise. These two steps are designed to gather evidence for a prosecution, although it is likely they will give your neighbour the opportunity to turn the TV/music down without further action. The whole process can take some time to complete, so you may have to be patient.

The police do not have any powers to prosecute for noise nuisance.

Barking dogs

You could speak to your neighbour about the problem as they may not be aware it is happening. Unless there is any evidence of the dog being mistreated, then the RSPCA will not be able to help. If you do believe that the dog is being mistreated, you should report it directly to the RSPCA.

The noise could be classed as a noise nuisance so you would need to report it to the Environmental Health department of your local authority as outlined above.

Noisy pub

Contact the Environmental Health Officers at your local authority if this is a persistent problem. Some local authorities have all night cover but this may be restricted to certain days of the week such as weekends when demand is highest.

All public houses and clubs are licensed by their local authority so you should complain directly to them about this type of problem in the first instance. If landlords take little or no notice of such complaints they could put their license at risk.

The police have no powers of prosecution for noise offences so it is better to contact the local authority.

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