Neighbourhood Noise Policies and Practice for Local Authorities - A Management Guide

Published: September 2006

ISBN: 1-904306-616

Topic(s): Environmental protection

Type(s): Professional guidance


The capacity of neighbourhood noise not only to disturb but in some cases to dominate the lives of a significant minority of the population is well known. The importance of effective procedures and action to address problems when they arise is clear. The primary responsibility for controlling neighbourhood noise lies with local authority environmental health practitioners and their colleagues.

This aim of this professional guidance note is to encourage local authorities to review their noise policies and procedures to meet the requirements of existing and new legislation as well as the needs and circumstances of the communities and businesses within their districts. It also provides guidance on appropriate, effective and clearly understood noise control policies and procedures and on the application of enforcement measures where these are appropriate.

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