Noise nuisance is a serious issue which affects many people and can have a significant effect on their health and well being. However, noise is an unavoidable part of urban life and it is not reasonable to expect to live in silence, especially if you live in a flat, a terraced, or a semi-detached property. The question is at what point does noise change from being a normal part of everyday life to an unreasonable intrusion.
Oadby and Wigston Borough Council have a legal duty to investigate complaints of excessive noise to determine whether it is a statutory nuisance and whether legal action is appropriate.
The most common types of complaints we receive are:
- Loud music from neighbours
- Other neighbour noise
- DIY for long periods and at unsociable hours
- Barking dogs and other animals including cockerels
- Noise from pubs
- Noise from industrial premises
For noise to be a statutory nuisance it has to be;
“an unreasonable and significant emission of noise that causes significant and unreasonable interference with the use and enjoyment of your premises’. The noise cannot be a mere annoyance”
This means that if the noise does not affect you in your home, garden or place of work then the council cannot investigate.
Many people believe that they are allowed to make as much noise as they like as long as they are quiet between 11pm and 7am. This is completely false; although it is easier to determine noise at night as unreasonable, a statutory nuisance can occur at any time of the day or night.
If you have any further questions then see thee FAQ below. If the answer you are looking for is not there then contact the Environmental Health Section for advice.
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 December 2017 11:08 am