This page gives advice and information about having a party at your home and what to do to make sure that your neighbours are not disturbed by noise.
How to have a good time and not fall out with your neighbours
Most people enjoy a party every so often, perhaps for a family celebration or other special occasion. However for your party to be a success, you need to plan properly and this includes considering any effects you might have on others in your area.
Generally speaking, almost everyone will accept an occasional party as part of normal life, as long as they know what is happening and that you take reasonable steps to minimise disturbance to others.
Please remember that neighbours may have children or have to get up for work the next day, so it is important to show courtesy and consideration.
From your neighbours' point of view, the main problem that can arise from a party is noise, although if many guests arrive by car, parking arrangements also need to be planned
Here are our top 10 tips to having a party without your neighbours complaining:
1. Tell your neighbours what is happening well in advance – let them know start and finish times and try to stick to them. It is best to tell them in person but consider also a friendly note with the date and times written down, in case they forget. Include a wide circle of neighbours, not just those next door to you and do not forget homes at the back of yours.
2. Give neighbours a contact telephone number or ask them to call round and let you know if the noise is too loud. If they do contact you, make sure you act on what they say.
3. Be considerate when arranging and playing music – remember that music sound can carry a long way, especially as background noise reduces into the evening. Bass sound, too, will carry a long way. The volume of your music is particularly important if you live in a house or flat that is attached to others or if you have an outdoor party.
4. Ask guests to park their cars with consideration – do not block anyone's drive.
5. Respond to concerns – be prepared to turn music down if asked by neighbours, the police or the council.
6. After 11:00 p.m. make an effort to lower the volume of the music. It is likely that guests will try to increase the volume as the evening progresses so you must stay in control of this.
7. As far as possible, make sure doors and windows are closed.
8. Listen occasionally from outside your home – if you can hear music or raised voices, so can neighbours. Remember that an adjoining neighbour may still be able to hear a heavy bass beat even if you cannot hear anything outside.
9. If you do have a visit from the police or the council, please do as they ask. They will only ask for reasonable cooperation to help prevent further investigation that might result in action against you.
10. Ask your guests to leave as quietly as possible – car doors slamming and loud goodbyes can be as disturbing as loud music.
There is nothing to stop this but remember amplified sound and/or a live band will increase the chances of causing a noise disturbance to your neighbours.
Generally speaking, we do not encourage live, amplified music at private homes as most homes in Oadby, Wigston and South Wigston are very close to others and there is a good chance that the noise will cause a disturbance.
We strongly advise that you finish at a time that neighbours will consider reasonable.
Again there is nothing to stop this but the longer noise is made, the greater is the chance that you could cause a statutory nuisance and that your neighbours will have a genuine complaint.
If you must have a number of parties over two or more days, you should make extra sure that your neighbours are prepared for this and agree with them acceptable finish times. These times might be earlier than you would like, but where people live close together and are easily affected by activities at someone else’s home, you do need to show consideration and courtesy.
Fireworks are inherently dangerous explosives and need to be used with extreme care.
Always follow the safety advice on the instructions.
Your garden should be sufficiently large to enable guests to stand well away from the lighting area and it is not a good idea for someone under the influence of alcohol to light them.
There are also time restrictions when the law allows fireworks to be lit.
Visit our fireworks page for more advice about using fireworks safely and within the law.
There are no specific restrictions or times that relate to parties in private homes. However the police can take action if you or your guests cause a disturbance and the council can take action if the noise from the party causes a nuisance.
A nuisance can occur at any time but is more likely to cause disturbance to others at night..
See our information on statutory nuisance for more details of what the council can do.
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Last updated: Monday, 18 May 2015 11:20 am