Noise is simply defined as 'unwanted sound'.
Types of noise nuisances include:
- Loud music for long periods of time
- DIY work e.g. drilling, hammering, car repairs
- Dogs barking excessively
- House or car alarms sounding for long periods
- Noise from commercial/industrial premises
- Musical instruments
- Parties with excessive noise
- Car stereos, engines revving and car horns.
Frequent disturbance by noise is not only annoying but can lead to stress and illness, particularly if it is at unsociable times - for example, at night when people are generally trying to sleep.
If noise is intrusive or excessive it could lead to fines and confiscation of equipment.
Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, noise emitted from premises (including land) may be a statutory nuisance and a local authority can take action to stop it happening.
Businesses or commercial premises convicted of noise nuisance may be fined up to £20,000.
Private individuals are also able to take their own action by complaint to a magistrate's court and if convicted, people are liable for fines up to £5,000 with a daily fine of £500 for as long as it continues.